Maurice Denis. Holy Women Near the Tomb/Saintes Femmes au tombeau. 1894
HE IS RISEN! ALLELUIA!RAISED FROM THE DEADThis is the great truth which fills our faith with meaning. Jesus, who died on the cross, has risen. He has triumphed over death; he has overcome sorrow, anguish and the power of darkness ... In him we find everything. Outside of him our life is empty (J. Escriva, Christ is passing by).
After the somber tone and reflection of Holy Thursday and Good Friday I can hardly wait to get to Mass to hear the joy and triumph of our Easter celebration.
May you all have the same delight and joy in your Easter celebrations both in church and at home.
To all the new Catholics around the world who are joining the Church this year, welcome home! This is my 14th birthday as a Catholic and well I remember how wonderful it was sitting with my sweet and wise sponsor, the smell of the chrism (I wanted to never wash it off), and that glorious Mass where it all happened. I will leave you with some funny but wise words from another convert. If you remember these, it will make the good times better and any disillusionment with the Church less.
First, the good news about the Catholic Church is: it's like a big family.
Second, the bad news about the Catholic Church is: it's like a big family.