1. Today is Friday, traditionally a penetential day. Give something up today. The Church prescribes either abstaining from meat, or doing something extra today.
2. Say a Rosary today in honor of the month of the Rosary. Offer it up for those who are suffering. Offer each decade up for a different intention. Give your worries to God.
3. Pray Psalm 50 (51) today. Such a beautiful penitential psalm. Here is a video I did of Psalm 50 (51) using a Byzantine chant from Great (Good) Friday.
4. I was reading something today, about an Eastern tradition of wearing a cross, either all the time, or at least when you receive communion. Food for thought. Do you wear any signs of your religious beliefs? Do you think it is fair that many people are either forbidden, or feel it is not right to wear outward religious signs in their workplace?
5. I'm wondering if one of the reasons that Sunday has lost its spiritual meaning for many is because Friday has lost its spiritual meaning. When we do not meditate on the death of Our Lord each Friday, we can not rejoice at his Resurrection on Sunday. Perhaps for Christians, Friday should be a day to do things we would rather avoid doing, to offer them up with the sufferings of Jesus that we remember on that day.
6. Where does that leave Saturday, then? If Friday is a day set apart to share in the sufferings of Christ, and Sunday is a day set aside by God since the beginning of time to rest, and since the dawn of Christianity to celebrate a "little Easter", where, then, does Saturday fall? I think Saturday becomes the day of work. As is often the case, society has it backwards. Saturday is often the day of recreation and Sunday is the day to "get things done." Perhaps we can continue working and giving up little consolations on Saturday in order to clear out our Sundays for celebrating.
7. Sunday used to be a family time. A "little Easter" celebrated with a big family dinner after church. Bring out the traditional dishes that make each family so special. Go against society's trend and avoid shopping on Sunday. Avoid paying bills. Avoid mandatory sports. Celebrate the Lord's Day.