Memento Mori/Introduction

We begin this Lenten season with our Memento Mori series. This ancient practice of reflection on mortality allows an individual to ponder the reality of death. Each of us will one day experience the death of a loved one and our own death. My father used to jokingly tell me that there are two definite experiences in life: taxes and death.

The latter experience is especially one many try to avoid. It is not a topic that usually sparks joy, but as Christians we do believe that death is a bridge to the Everlasting Joy that the human heart longs to receive. We as Christians believe that death is a mere component of our pilgrimage to God. Though it concludes our earthly journey, it serves as a bridge to begin a new life in eternity.

Jesus demonstrated to us that we need to die in order to rise. His journey with us rolled out what the Church has come to teach as the Paschal Mystery. He taught us the importance of his life, death, and resurrection. We are an Easter people, renewed through the resurrection. However, we do not forget the cross and the life journey that took us along the way.

I pray that this Memento Mori series will deepen your faith and bring you many blessings and graces. May this Lenten season be rich with mercy and hope leading you into the joy of Easter!

Michael Donaldson-Spiritual Director for Heart of Mary Website


A Challenge for Lent

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Dear Friend’s, Our world is much need of prayer and mercy. Let’s pray for the world and each other as we take on this very simple way of sacrifice throughout the 40 days ahead. As you choose your item to be removed, choose something you cherish, not trash.

What a blessing it will be to share your treasure’s with another.



Soul Saturday/Preparing for Lent by Father Mike Schmitz


Hi Friends,enjoy this great Video to help you get it together for Lent:) Thank you Father Mike !

Remember too make Heart of Mary part of your daily plan as we will begin our Lent devotions “Memento Mori” on Ash Wednesday.

Many prayers for you all as you grow in our Lord through Prayer, Sacrifice and Almsgiving. Love, Michelle