I grew up baptized and raised as a Catholic. I attended Catholic Schools and went to Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent but now that I am older, it all has a much deeper meaning to me and I attribute that to understanding the Holy Spirit.
If you want to find out what I am talking about, go see the new movie Son of God to find your Spirit. If you've seen the Passion of Christ you'll know exactly what I mean.
The Stations of the Cross are much harder for me to bear now. Those images flash through my mind, but I sure do appreciate what this is all about as I've known all along from the Apostle's Creed, but now I understand. I no longer just say the words. I feel them and appreciate them:
I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, died and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit. I believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins; the Resurrection of the Body and the life everlasting. Amen.
Why did this all happen? For you and for me. He suffered so greatly for our sins so that we would have a place in heaven. Appreciate this.
My wish is for each and every reader to take a step back and look at Easter deeper this year. Find your Spirit and watch to see what a magnificent holiday this Easter season will be for you.