Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands.  It’s not realistic to expect that any one priest or even the larger institution can peek inside your soul and say or do the exact right thing to feed your spirit.  The truth is we have to take responsibility for the care and feeding of our own spiritual dragons.

And so to help with that, I want to offer you a 5-part End-of-Holy-Week retreat to do on your own… A YouTube Easter.  I will post each day’s retreat exercises early in the morning so you’ll have the whole day to do them.  My hope is that you’ll find some inspiration and insight as we walk these last few days up the hill toward resurrection.  These are truly holy days.

Retreat Day 1:  Holy Wednesday

Gather a few simple supplies… paper or journal… writing/drawing stuff (consider markers and/or crayons)… Bible if you have one… your computer/internet.

1.  Carve out about 15 minutes of quiet time in your day when you can be free of distractions.  Turn off your cell phone and your iPod; make yourself promise not to stray on the internet and click onto other sites that catch your eye.  Focus on this small chunk of time only for prayer.

2.  Find a piece of paper or a journal and collect something to write with; maybe even markers or crayons.

3.  Watch this… maybe twice!

4.  Here are some reflection questions:

What are the things that tempt me every day?
How can I learn to better resist them?
How can I use prayer to give me strength when temptations are overpowering?

Using your paper and markers, draw some pictures or write some words to answer these questions.  Take about 5 or 10 minutes.

5.  Put your artistic masterpiece somewhere that you will see it regularly—near your bed/on the bathroom mirror/in a notebook organizer.  Look at it several times a day to remind yourself to pray and pray often.

Tomorrow:  Holy Thursday… Love is Here.

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