The Lord is truly risen, alleluia.
For the past weeks, during Lent, the Church has refrained from crying out her joyful alleluia. Now that Easter is come, we again take up that triumphant refrain, alleluia, to profess our faith in the Lord’s Resurrection from the dead.
When doubt and worry creep into our hearts, His promised Resurrection is our hope. The Lord is truly risen, alleluia.
When fear and despair threaten to darken our lives, His rising from the dead confirms that Jesus is the Light that has come into the world. The Lord is truly risen, alleluia.
When death seems to have the final say, His victory over the grave makes plain that Jesus is the Word of the Father, the Word of life, the way and the truth and the life. The Lord is truly risen, alleluia.
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The past few weeks have been a trying time for all of us, physically and emotionally. But for people of faith, there has also been a spiritual toll. For us Catholics, especially, being separated from the presence of the Lord Jesus in the sacraments has been a new, and somewhat bewildering, experience.
We long to be near Jesus, present in the holy Eucharist; to be near Jesus, present in the scriptures; to be near Jesus, present when His people are gathered in His name to offer worship to the Father in spirit and in truth.
A little while longer, and this, too, shall pass. What we should not let pass is this opportunity to enkindle a real holy longing in our hearts and souls for the things that are above. St. Paul admonished the Colossians about this, in a scripture passage that is used on Easter Sunday (Col 3:1-4):
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.
Faithful disciples, our hearts filled with the joy and hope of Easter, we can then be heralds of the glorious things above, where Christ reigns, Victor, Ruler, Lord and Redeemer.
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In St. Patrick’s news, everyone, so far as we know, is well. For that we thank Almighty God!
The work on our Eucharistic adoration chapel has been completed. We’re only waiting for a few pieces to come in: the new altar; the refurbished tabernacle; the refurbished lamp stand. Barring any delays, these things are expected sometime in May. Hopefully sometime in June we can bless the chapel and open it for use.
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May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus! Christ is risen, alleluia. He is truly risen, alleluia.
With prayers for a blessed and happy Easter, Fr. Guillory