Saturday, April 19, 2014
We need never fear to approach the tomb, because Jesus has triumphed over the grave!
My friends, as we gather to celebrate the great feast of Easter, we are invited to renew and be renewed. In place of the typical recitation of the Creed, at these Masses, we renew our baptismal promises— rejecting Satan and all his deceptions and affirming our faith in the Living God, revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Additionally, we are renewed in the grace that God offers in the sacraments— revivified as would be an athlete who has completed a strenuous workout , drinking in deeply the refreshment of water. The quality of our Lenten discipline is proportionate to the joy we experience in these fifty days of the Easter season.
Next Sunday, we observe the Feast of Divine Mercy. In this particular year, the Church jubilantly celebrates the canonization of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II. A special insert will be coming in next week’s bulletin, highlighting their lives and their lasting legacy in the life of the Church.
Since Easter, as a “holiday,” is a time for hearing from family, here is an update from Fr. Christopher:
...things are well in Rome. I write to ask for your prayers. I have joined several members of the Casa Santa Maria to make the annual "house retreat". This year we've flown to Loyola, Spain where St. Ignatius grew up, convalesced, and had his conversion experience reading the The Imitation of Christ and the lives of the Saints (with commentaries, I found out today). From what I saw just looking around today, it's a beautiful and holy place with something of the sense that I've experienced before at Lourdes or Assisi (but on a smaller scale); where one can exhale and just be at peace for a time of rest. I am very hopeful as I begin this retreat. Your prayers are appreciated.
Blessed Easter, Fr. Stephen