Greetings in Christ!
A blessed, happy and holy Easter Season to you all! Christ is risen, not just in the past, but in the here and now and everyday of the future until the end of the world.
His love has triumphed over sin and death and, as a result, we need fear nothing, we need bind ourselves to nothing but him for the rest of our lives. He has made his victory our victory, his resurrection our resurrection; praise His name!
Our Easter is not just a day, but a 50 day season that ends on the feast of Pentecost. During that time, I will be preaching on the 7 Sacraments of our Church, using a different Sacrament each Sunday. This will follow the same basic format as the 7 Deadly Sins homilies I gave during Lent. I pray God bless my efforts!
Three things for this week:
¨ I’ll be gone Monday through Thursday, spending time with my Dad and getting some spring projects done around his house.
¨ Next Sunday, April 8th is called “Divine Mercy Sunday”. The Divine Mercy Chaplet is a devotion I pray very often and it has changed my life. I cannot encourage you strongly enough to learn this simple, quick devotion and pray it with fervor. I have cards in the confessional with the instructions, should you need them. Please don’t hesitate to ask.
¨ On April 11th, our Church, along with many other Churches will honor Yom HaShoah. This is a day the Jews have given us to set aside and remember the Holocaust. In the last year of the Nazis in Germany, approximately 6,000,000 Jews were brutally tortured and killed in various camps around Europe. We call out to heaven on this day, remembering the evil that was done and the evil all of us are capable of. We pray on that day for our Jewish brothers and sisters.
So…that’s our week. I want you to know that I thank God everyday for the wonder, the joy and the blessings of being your priest.
In the Risen Christ,