A NEW START TO A NEW LIFE

Jesus came and stood among them and said, “PEACE BE WITH YOU.”  John 20:19

Here is a goal to strive for in our effort to make the Peace Prayer our own: learn to greet others always and everywhere in the same spirit that the risen Christ greeted his disciples after the resurrection.

Remember the scene. The disciples are huddled together in a locked room after the darkest days of Jesus’ passion, crucifixion and death. In addition to being fearful, confused and despairing, they are probably not a little guilt-ridden for having abandoned him.  They were probably expecting at least some mild rebuke from him.  And they might even have felt a little better on a purely human level if he had rebuked them.

Instead, Jesus greets them with, “Peace be with you,’ How forgiving, loving and liberating-how startling-such a greeting must have been to them.  Not a word about the recent bitter past. No chiding, no sarcastic comments, no recriminations.  No taunting reminders of how they were fair-weather friends who turned tail and ran. Bygones, it seems aren’t even worth mentioning by the risen Jesus. We’re starting all over here with the help of the Holy Spirit, he seems to be saying. Peace, that’s what’s in our future.

PEACE BE WITH YOU!

MY PASTOR’S EASTER MESSAGE:

“The Lord is alive! He is living and he wants to rise again in all those faces that have buried hope, buried dreams, buried dignity. “These were the words of Pope Francis at last year’s Easter Virgil. He continued to say: “Let us go, then. Let us allow ourselves to be surprised by this new dawn and by the newness that Christ alone can give. May we allow his tenderness and his love to guide our steps. May we allow the beating of his heart to quicken our fairness of heart”

We are hopeful people, we are people who like to dream of things that could be, and we are people of pride and dignity! Jesus rising from the dead, should give us the hope, dreams and dignity which are fabrics of our faith life.  Let us rejoice and be glad, for this is the day the Lord has made! ALLELUIA!  ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!

REMEMBER:  CATHOLICS ARE UNIQUELY AN EASTER PEOPLE. by Deacon Dave

Through this Easter, and the accompanying Easter season of 50 days, we celebrate the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus, our faith tells us that his celebration never never ends.  All we need to do is remember all that the mass teaches us, all it has done for us, and all that it accomplishes in us.  We unite ourselves to Christ in His suffering, attaching all of ours to His, and lifting it up to the Father.  All done at every mass.  Finally, we become One with Him as we take Him in-body, blood, soul, divinity. His very cells and DNA all com-mingled with ours.  All at every mass. That is why nothing else pre-empts the Sunday mass.  It is also why the Sunday obligation is of primary importance for Catholics.

At mass, we walk the stations, see the stone roled away, and witness to His glorious resurrection by sharing the greatest meal on earth with Him. Why do we do all this?

BECAUSE GOD LOVED US SO MUCH HE MADE US ONCE AND ALWAYS-AN EASTER PEOPLE.

 

 

 

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FROM POPE FRANCIS:  EASTER

Entering the tomb…That is why we are here: to enter, to enter into the mystery which God has accomplished with his vigil of love.

We cannot live Easter without entering into the mystery. It is not something intellectual, something we only know or read about…it is more, much more.!

TO ENTER INTO THE MYSTERY MEANS THE ABILITY TO WONDER, TO CONTEMPLATE; THE ABILITY TO LISTEN TO THE SILENCE AND TO HEAR THE TINY WHISPER AMID GREAT SILENCE BY WHICH GOD SPEAKS TO US.(Kings: 19:12)

To enter into the mystery demands that we not be afraid of reality: that we not be locked into ourselves, that we not flee from what we fail to understand, that we not close our eyes to problems or deny them, that we not dismiss our questions…

To enter into the mystery means going beyond our own comfort zone, beyond the laziness and indifference which hold us back, and going out in search of truth, beauty, and love. It is seeking a deeper meaning, and answer, and not an easy one, to the questions which challenge our faith, our fidelity, and our very existence.

To enter into the mystery we need humility, the lowliness to abase ourselves, to come down from the pedestal of our “I” which is so proud, of our presumption; the humility not to take ourselves to seriously, recognizing who we really are: creatures with strengths and weaknesses, sinners in need of forgiveness. To enter into the mystery we need the lowliness that is powerlessness, the renunciation of our idols…in a word, we need to adore. Without adoration, we cannot enter into the mystery.

HE IS RISEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD

“FAITH IN THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS says that there is a future for every human being; the cry for unending life which is a part of the person is indeed answered. Through Jesus we do know ‘the room where exiled love lays down its victory’. He himself is this place, and he calls us to be with him and in dependence on him. He calls us to keep this place open within the world so the He, the exiled love, may reappear over and over in the world…God exists: that is the real message of Easter. Anyone who even begins to grasp what this means also knows what it means to be redeemed” (Pope Benedict XVI)

THE RESURRECTION: first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 5:6b-8

Brothers and Sisters; Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough? Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough, inasmuch as you are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

What did Jesus teach?  LOVE AND FORGIVENESS

O God, you were pleased to give joy to the world through the Resurrection of your Son. Grant, we beseech you, that through the mediation of the Virgin Mary, his Mother, we may obtain the joys of life everlasting. Amen

 

CONNIE’S MEMORIES- EASTER

REMEMBER, WE WERE NOT RICH, WE THOUGHT WE WERE MIDDLE CLASS BUT BY TODAY’S STANDARDS, WE WERE POOR, ACTUALLY, MY PARENTS WERE VERY SMART WITH THEIR MONEY, AND WE NEVER WENT WITHOUT THE THINGS THAT WE REALLY NEEDED.  SO THIS WAS OUR EASTER:

First we observed Lent and from my earliest memories, we did not eat meat on Fridays, we gave up something, usually candy, and definitely movies and entertainment, and we said our Rosary every night during Lent.  That may sound like a real drag to some, and, of course as kids we really didn’t want to kneel down after supper for 20 minutes every night, but my parents said: “We will say our Rosary together as a family every night during Lent, to prepare ourselves for Easter, so make your plans around the Rosary.” And so we did every Lent until I left home to go to college.

We ate supper at 5PM, and cleaned up the kitchen, my father got home at 6PM and had his supper, we cleared the table, and knelt down around the kitchen table, using the chairs for support and said the Rosary.  Looking back, it made us feel like we were all an important part of the family.  We are talking all age kids, the really young got to sit on the chair, and if they were to young to say their prayers, they had to be quiet, but we were a FAMILY.

On Thursday, during Holy Week, there was a special Mass at night which we all went to if we were old enough.  Friday afternoon, Good Friday, was The Way of the Cross at 3PM which is the time that Jesus Christ died.  Believe it or not, we used to go to school until 3PM even in high school, and the public schools let the Catholic kids and Protestant kids out early to go to church services.  WE called it respect for Religious Freedom.

Saturday noon when my father came home for dinner, he always brought us Easter Cards.  They were big, like a foot tall and 6″ wide.  We looked forward to getting them from him every year.

Saturday night was another long Mass that began with one candle being lit and the candle light spreading all over the church.  There was a lot going on Sat. night and everyone old enough went.

Easter Sunday we came down stairs to find Easter Baskets, not big ones, but medium sized ones, nicely decorated with some really good candy.  And since we had given up candy for Lent, it didn’t take us long to dive in.  Then we ate breakfast and headed to Easter Mass as a family, all aged kids go to go as a FAMILY.  (When I got older, in high school, I used to sneak down and add some candy to the collection and leave some for my mother and father. I imagine they knew, but they  always acted surprised).

WHEN I was growing up, it was always about Family, and Easter was about Jesus Christ rising from the dead, beautiful music in church, everyone dressed in their best clothes to celebrate Easter, and then when we came home, my mother began fixing dinner.  We always had company for dinner, so Easter was an all day celebration.  I also think, we were allowed to go to the movies on Easter afternoon, and because lots of people gave up movies for Lent (after all, we were preparing for the Resurrection and did not celebrate during Lent) and going to the movies was a privilege and a celebration, the movies on Easter usually were very special.

THAT’S MY MEMORIES OF EASTER, MY MOTHER AND FATHER AND FAMILY.