Mark 11:1–10


In the village of Plougastel-Daoulas, near Brest, France, a 17th-century monument has silently stood the test of time. Originally constructed as an ex-voto — in gratitude for surviving a plague — the calvaire (“calvary”) features three prominent crosses, representing the crucifixion of Jesus and the two thieves. Surrounding them are 182 Kersanton stone statues, grouped into 28 scenes from Christ’s life on the pedestal. It’s a masterpiece of traditional Breton art and a moving depiction of the Passion. Throughout Brittany, there are many such calvaires. The prominence of these stone crosses and memorials of the Passion reminds us all of the need to recall what God has done for us: he entered the holy city, submitted himself to death, and rose again on the third day to redeem us from our sins!


Lord Jesus, fill my life with good works, that they may pave the way for you to dwell in my heart. Make my soul ready to welcome you, my true king. Amen.


Display the palm branches received in today’s Mass prominently in your home.

We look forward to praying with you again tomorrow.