Pull Out All the Stops

It's that last week, readers . . . the holiest week of the year. We have journeyed and traveled and persevered through the ups and downs of Lent, whether it met our expectations or not . . . we are here. The Sacred Triduum offers us a choice, a choice to enter deeply into the mysteries of our salvation and forget ourselves entirely. Holy Thursday He gives us the priesthood and His Body and Blood. Good Friday He offers His life in exchange for ours. Holy Saturday we wait for His triumph of the Resurrection, with lighted candles (our burning hearts) at the Vigil.

It's time to pull out all the stops and go all-in this Holy Week. Perhaps this means a little extra time in prayer, or maybe a greater effort to practice charity, or holding fast to our resolutions as our Lenten desert comes to an end. Hopefully, we drew a little closer to Jesus during this time and let Him draw closer to us. That is all He wanted . . . to be a Presence in our lives--the Presence.

Palm Sunday reminds us to let Him reign--sometimes I think that means to let Him take the reins--to let ourselves be led, maybe even where we don't want to go. He wants our growth and that often means not just effort but learning, learning from the good, the bad, and everything in between. When you pull out all the stops, it's going to make a ton of noise, but it also means that all variations of sounds are being used together. If you got it, use it, and don't wait for things to change to play with all you've got.

"Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life, which is short and has to be lived by you alone; and there is only one Glory, which is eternal. If you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing." ~ St. Teresa of Avila