What’s Happening in Religious Education

Our Project Compassion Fundraising Campaign ends today. An enormous thank you to Mr Laguzza, Mrs Matthews, Year Coordinators, students and staff for all the initiatives that not only raised $8776 but for the community spirit that was generated by a common vision to Be More.

This morning we gathered for our Easter Liturgy, inspired by Richard Furey’s, Mary’s Way of the Cross. “Is not the way of the Cross the way of every person’s life? Doesn’t every life have suffering, falls, hurts, rejections, condemnations, death, burial and resurrection? It has been a Catholic tradition through the centuries to meditate the Way of the Cross, so that it becomes the way of life.” 

Like Mary, we make our own via della croce but find comfort and consolation in the fact that, on that way, Jesus is with us. 

 

Painting by Ettore DeGrazia

 

 

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

I invite you to ponder these questions as you reflect on the last moments of Jesus’ life;

I.      Jesus is condemned to death.

Whom does our society condemn? Whom do you condemn by not honoring Christ’s presence in all people

II.   Jesus takes up his cross.

What crosses do you carry every day? How do you endure your suffering and challenges with grace and courage?

III.  Jesus falls for the first time.

What weaknesses cause you to stumble and fall under the weight of your burdens? Do you secretly ridicule others when they fall?

IV.  Jesus meets his mother.

What is it like to watch a loved one suffer and know there is nothing you can do to help? How might you better appreciate those who care about you?

V.   Simon helps carry the cross.

When you are asked to help an unpopular person or cause, do you do so willingly or reluctantly?

VI. Veronica wipes Jesus’ face.

Can you overcome fear and peer pressure to be compassionate and gentle to one who is suffering?

VII. Jesus falls a second time.

How do you summon strength and perseverance to carry on in the face of failure?

VIII. Jesus meets some grieving women.

Can you keep your burdens in perspective enough to empathize with the sorrows of others?

IX.  Jesus falls the third time.

How do you react when you see someone beaten down by repeated cruelty?

X.  Jesus is stripped of his garments.

What does it feel like to be humiliated and robbed of your human dignity.

XI.  Jesus is nailed to the cross.

In what ways do people cause unbearable pain to others with their words and actions?

XII. Jesus dies on the cross.

When a part of your life dies, are you able to move past your anger and forgive?

XIII. Jesus is taken down from the cross.

How well are you able to honor and embrace the inevitable partings in your life?

XIV. Jesus is placed in the tomb.

How is an ending the beginning of something new?

thecatholicspirit.com – The 21st Century Stations of the Cross 2001 by Emilie Ast Lemmons, first appeared in The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Lemmons, an award-winning writer, blogger, wife and mother of two young boys, succumbed to cancer in 2008 at the age of 40.

The story of the Passion is one of great hope despite the horrific suffering inflicted upon Jesus.

The Passion ends at Station Fourteen but the story does not. The next chapter, the one where Jesus is reborn in flesh, blood and transfigured light is what gives us hope to start anew and continue writing the Christian Story…

 

Wishing all our families a blessed and holy Easter and a restful holiday break.

 

 

Sara Camporeale

Leader of Religious Education and Mission