Editor’s Note: For the next twelve days, leading up to Easter, Theresa Ceniccola will be leading us through a series of Journal Prompts related to the messages of Holy Week. We encourage you to spend a few moments praying with and journaling your responses to these prompts, or feel free to simply share your perspectives in the comments below. LMH
Explore the Messages of Holy Week in a Journal
The Passion of Christ is such a powerful story and yet sometimes I forget how much it relates to my own life today. I simply go through the motions during Holy Week and don’t allow myself to truly experience the lessons as God intended. I think this is because the traditional mode of “listening” in church is not enough to engage me.
I’m a visual-kinesthetic learner, which means I need to see and move in order to process information. That’s why journal writing is such a critical tool for me. I use my journal to help me reflect and examine different perspectives. I even bring my journal to church to take notes during the homily, write down scripture passages or hymnal verses and remain fully present and engaged during Mass. If you’re looking for a new way to explore the lessons of Holy Week, try keeping a Lenten Journal.
Day Eight – Criminals: Forgiveness
Jesus tells the penitent criminal “Today you will be with me in paradise.” He also calls out to God, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Recall a time when you were forgiven by someone. How did it feel to be relieved of the burden? Write a letter of forgiveness to someone who has wronged you.
Copyright 2011 Theresa Ceniccola