A Community of Benedictine Sisters in Fort Smith, Arkansas
Weekly Reflections
April 13, 2014

Holy Week

by Sister Elizabeth Rossi, OSB

Palm Sunday
People from all the fields and ranches
Came out to meet Him carrying palm branches.
The suffering Jesus processed through the crowd
As the people shouted "Hosanna" aloud.
Holy Thursday
On Holy Thursday Jesus took bread and wine
And sat with his twelve apostles to dine.
"This is My Body, take and eat."
At each Mass, these solemn words we repeat.
Good Friday
Jesus carried the cross to Calvary
And on the way He met his mother Mary.
Three times He fell, but tried again
He was determined to suffer for mankind's sin.
After this long, painful journey He was not yet free,
But He was nailed to the cross for you and me.
"Father, forgive them; they know not what they do."
He hung on the cross three hours and died for me and you.
Holy Saturday
But after all His suffering and strife
He brought everyone new and everlasting life.
By this journey of suffering, carrying the Cross,
He gained Heaven for us by His great love and bodily loss.
During Holy Week Christ suffered and bled.
But on Easter he arose, a glorious Body, from the dead.
We all enjoy the Easter eggs and flowers
Which the Risen Saviour sends with fresh spring flowers.
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April 17-20, 2014 presented by St. Scholastica Monastery

Come join the monastic community of St. Scholastica to celebrate the Triduum during Holy Week. You will enter into worship with the Sisters to follow in the footsteps of Jesus to Calvary and share in the joy of His resurrection. We will begin this commemoration of the Paschal Mystery with orientation at 2 p.m. on Holy Thursday and conclude with the Feast of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Sister Rachel Dietz will give a talk on Saturday morning. Cost: $115.00. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is needed at the time of registration. Lodging and 9 meals are included in the price.

2015 Silent Directed Retreat
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Silent Directed Retreat

3-Day: January 8-11, 2015 ($235); 5-Day: January 8-14, 2015 ($385); 8-Day: January 8-17, 2015 ($575)

This Retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This retreat is a time to practice silence in order to make room for God to work in your life and by this to strengthen your relationship with Him. In the silence you are better able to hear God’s invitation to open your heart and surrender your soul in a deeper way. Each day you will meet with a Spiritual Director to assist you in discerning God’s invitation and to offer suggestions to guide you during your silence. The Retreat opens with dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 8 and ends after lunch on Sunday for the 3-Day and after morning liturgy for the 5-Day and the 8-Day. Lodging and meals are included in the price. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration.

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