Silence and Peace at the Monastery

I did not realize until Holy Thursday just how stressed I have been. Between the flood in my classroom and the multiple tasks we teachers face this time of the year, I’ve been a little … tense!!

All of that melted away, though, as I held the cross before Mass on Holy Thursday. We had just come upstairs from our festive Seder meal, joyful and anticipating a wonderful Mass together. In the the chapel with my Sisters, I felt relaxed and at peace. No thought in the world about what to do next, which child to help or what parent to contact.

I was simply and profoundly in the presence of our Lord and Savior. It was a grace-filled moment.

As Mass unfolded, a sense of deep worship filled my soul. Each song and word meant more that it ever had. In fact, it was one of the most meaningful Masses of my life.

After Mass, I helped remove everything from the chapel as is our custom at the end of Holy Thursday (Sister Mary shares some of our Holy Week traditions in her blog post). The words of Psalm 35 came to mind: And my soul shall rejoice in the Lord; it shall exult in His salvation.

Have you ever had a moment of connection like this with our Lord? I’ll never forget mine. Blessings to you and your loved ones!

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