Easter Peace to All!

Easter_empty_tombIn Chicagoland this Easter morning is glorious!  We have had a most difficult winter, even for the most die-hard winter lovers.  Today as we celebrate the Risen Christ, the warmth of the sun and the new growth that is budding all around us remind us that life conquers all.  The death-like quiet and cold of the winter is gone and life is renewed.  In today’s post, the pictured view is from inside the tomb, looking out at the crosses of Good Friday.  Just as we must go through winter to come into springtime glory, so must we embrace our own crosses to come to new life.  The Paschal Mystery is the human experience of life, death, and life again reflected in the Holy Triduum of the Last Supper of Holy Thursday, the crucifixion of Good Friday, and the Resurrection of Easter!  Every experience of our life is a microcosm of the Paschal Mystery – life, death, and life.  We need Easter eyes to see this; we need Easter faith to believe this,  we need Easter hope to hang on to this through all of our crucifixions.

Those of us who celebrate Eucharist on a regular basis are reminded of this pattern of life.  We celebrate the death of our Lord Jesus until he comes again in glory.  Today, and farther in this Easter season, as we celebrate our own family rituals, may we remember this Paschal Mystery as a pattern in our own lives as well as in the life of our Lord.  May we also stay awake with others as they agonize over their own destiny, may we help carry the cross of others as they stumble, and may we clean the wounds of those who are broken.  May we always witness to the reality of new life, to Resurrection in our world, because the Paschal Mystery in which we share is everyone’s mystery, everyone’s experience, everyone’s destiny.

May Easter joy, hope, and peace be your today and always!!!  He is risen, indeed he is risen!!!

 

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Passiontide 2014

Passiontide 2014

As of this past Sunday (two Sundays before Easter) we have entered the time known as Passiontide. A venerable tradition is that all the crucifixes and statues in the church are covered from Passion Sunday until Easter. This veiling is one way of signaling to the faithful that the Holy Triduum is nearing. It serves to remind us that our focus should be on the essentials of our faith – those key concepts that are contained in the last days of Our Lord on earth. Just as life takes on a different tenor when we are faced with the reality of the death of a friend or loved one, so too should our Lenten renewal become even more focused as we approach the great feasts of the Triduum and the Easter season.

No matter where you worship, or how you practice your faith, join us in prayer and penitence as we Free Catholics of the Diocese of the Epiphany and the rest of Christ’s Catholic Church strive to faithfully journey to the renewal of Easter. May we all be a sanctuary of prayer and faithfulness.