Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. We are in the last few days of our prayer, fasting, and almsgiving for Lent. It’s been a long journey.
Father Jamie from the Archdiocese of Chicago is taking over Grotto Network’s Instagram Story today to talk about making the most of the last week of Lent.
With any long race, it’s tempting to slow down near the end because you’re exhausted. Father Jamie remembers his first triathlon and how he felt near the end of the race.
Someone came up and ran with him and encouraged him to remain strong until they crossed the finish line. Father Jamie encourages you to not be afraid to ask the Holy Spirit for help so you can push to the end in these last few days of Lent.
No effort is too small for God, Father Jamie explains. Anything you offer up to God will be received and blessed with love.
As a priest, Father Jamie has become more and more convinced that prayer is not what we do for God but what God does for us — if we allow Him. He invites you to let God into your life this week, even in a small way.
Let God heal you, fill you up, and let you rest. Father Jamie explains that throughout Lent, we’ve heard three classic stories of forgiveness: the woman at the well, the prodigal son, and the woman caught in adultery.
These stories teach us that God cannot stand to see us suffer and live in shame. Father Jamie encourages us to invite God into our hearts where we feel suffering and shame and ask Him to transform us.
And invite the Holy Spirit, who transformed the suffering and death of Jesus on the Cross into His Resurrection.