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Entering into Holy Week – Divine Intimacy Radio

Entering into Holy Week

Holy Week, the most important week of the liturgical year, is upon us.  To help us prepare, Dan and Melissa discuss some of the ways we can orient our hearts to this most holy season.

Show Notes:

  • Regardless of how well (or poorly) you have maintained your Lenten commitments, it's not too late. Matthew 20:1-16, Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, tells us that God's grace is available to everyone – even though none of us are deserving.
  • Going “all in” for Jesus during Holy Week. Mary did in Mark 14:3 – the Anointing at Bethany. “She broke the alabaster jar” – it's all for Jesus. Also, the Martha and Mary story (Luke 10:38-42) where “Mary has chosen the better part”.
  • Suggestions for entering into Holy Week:

Get to confession.

Learn and participate in the liturgy of Holy Week. Schedule liturgical activities ahead of time. Don't try to squeeze Holy Week events around your regular activities.

Use good meditation materials. (see resources)

Stations of the Cross – remember our own participation in His suffering. Recommend versions by St. Alphonsus Liguori or St. Francis of Assisi. Consider doing stations by yourself.

Watch Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ.


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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Patricia

    I loved the analogy of the “breaking of the jar” with the giving of our whole selves to Christ! It is true, she could have just poured all the oil over Him and she would have given all to Him, but by breaking the jar, she can take none of it back, scoop up the extra, or save a few drops at the bottom. It is a gift of total giving and total release with no return or holding back.

    • Charles Saliba

      “breaking of the jar”

      It is also a prelude to the splitting of the curtain!

      The most expensive substance, “the word” within the jar,the world, represents the lamb, locked, slain from the beginning of the world Rev.13:8,in creation.Came out from the jar through justification! The jar, creation is no longer needed as it was, it is the substance which our creation needed to be recreated anew, and after patiently, humbly and meekly hidden sealed within it, on the cross “the word” justified itself!

      I am thirst!

      Could no longer remain locked, no time to open the lid!

      Earth cracked open and saints come out to proclaim the truth!

  • Patricia

    I hope some of the meditations by St. Peter of Alcantara mentioned in this podcast might be made available on this site as a special Holy Week gift. 🙂

  • Sista T

    The Magnificat is always the best source of Gods Word and prep for the season I find this has blessed me greatly.

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