Dear Holy EASTER Families!
"We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!”
It’s one of Pope John Paul II’s most famous quotes. He continues...
“We do not pretend that life is all beauty.
We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain.
But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through his own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. And we live in the light of his Paschal Mystery – the mystery of his Death and Resurrection.
“We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!”. We are not looking for a shallow joy but rather a joy that comes from faith, that grows through unselfish love, that respects the “fundamental duty of love of neighbor, without which it would be unbecoming to speak of Joy”. We realize that joy is demanding; it demands unselfishness; it demands a readiness to say with Mary: “Be it done unto me according to thy word”. –
John Paul II, Angelus 30 November 1986. Adelaide, Australia.
This helps me understand that even though we are in the days(weeks) of pandemic, and
not in control of anything
....we are still people of JOY! Jesus has conquered death! God is bigger than COVID-19!
Yes, things are challenging - we are getting a little stir crazy and we cannot do what we want (hugging family and friends are the most important things I miss), we don't know what's going to happen or when, but we know that God's got this! There will be good that comes from this. "All things work together for those who love God and are called according to HIS purpose". Romans 8:28.
During this EASTER Season, being an EASTER person, I am focused on the JOY of the LORD! I am loved by the God of the universe. I have died and risen with Christ. God created me to love Him and to love others (and myself). My little sacrifices are nothing if I don't have LOVE as the core.
How can I share this GREAT NEWS with those I am not meeting with, but who are very present to me during my day? I am praying for all of you, your families, our St. Patrick family, Fr. Brian (who is doing a great job in helping us keep our eyes on God!), our national and world leaders and those who are lonely and sick without any family.
Every day, I ask God to show me ways to see JOY in my life today! How can I be a light in the world today? How can I be an EASTER person of Love today?
Look below for some ideas to help you and your family be an EASTER people, singing ALLELUIA during these 50 days of EASTER Season!!! and then into the future, taking one day at a time!!!
Director of Religious Education
If you are struggling with all of the "What Ifs?" due to this COVID-19 season, check out this video (it's only 2:26 minutes long - but it is filled with the hope of the Lord and how we can trust in God to "Give us this day, our daily bread".