Since the time I was a little girl, Holy Week leading up to Easter has been a very special time. How well I remember visiting three churches every Holy Thursday night as a family -- Dad, Mom and all five children. While some cultures suggest visiting seven churches, our family always visited three. It's a practice that I continued when I had children of my own.
In 2004, the film "The Passion of the Christ" was released; and since that time, a personal tradition for me has been to watch the film each year on Holy Thursday or Good Friday. As meaningful as it is for me to listen to or read the passion of Jesus in scripture; viewing the film continues to be a very emotional and spiritual experience for me. Throughout the film I am drawn into, not only the suffering of Jesus, but also into the unbearable anguish that his mother, Mary, experienced as she watched the child she so loved be persecuted, suffer and die.
Below is a video clip from the film that, as a mother, I find especially touching. I dedicate this clip to all mothers who have ever lost a child or have watched their children suffer for any reason and especially to the countless mothers who have witnessed their child's vaccine related injury, struggles and even death. Know that you are in my daily thoughts and prayers. God bless and take care . . .