On behalf of my loving bride Cyndi, our sons Kevin Michael and Kellin Joseph, our spiritual director Father Al Svobodny, OMI, Don Geronime, our long-standing loyal Chairman of the Board, and the rest of our dedicated Board of Directors, and our par excellence cast of regular contributing writers Sister Mary Lucy Astuto, Pat Ludwa, Dr. Frank Joseph, Jane and Joe Dalton, and our latest gem to the jewelled setting of inspired journalists - Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D., I want to extend our Easter blessings and prayers for a grace-filled Eastertide for you and yours. Sister Lucy has a special message you can find by clicking on her picture or going to EASTER GREETINGS. In addition, Tom Droleskey and Pat Ludwa both weigh in with excellent columns for this special day. See below for more. May the Risen Redeemer fill you with the Light of Reason and the Love of Faith to seek the truth always in the salvation of souls through His unchanging, One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as handed down in the great Deposit of the Faith through the centuries through the unbroken line of the Petrine succession.
May your Easter reflect the springtime of renewal in Christ and His unchanging doctrines; may you recover a spring in your step this Spring; may your chocolate bunnies be cavity-free and fat-free, may your Easter eggs be stain-free, hard-boiled and fresh, enjoyed by young and old with soft hearts. Happy Easter and God bless.
Michael Cain, editor
He is Risen as He said! Alleluia!
...Rising, He restored our life!
"I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the Resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen."
Today is the glorious Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord, the most uplifting feast of the year. As the Apostles discovered, as millions who came after them, and as we see today. YES! It was worth it! But He could not have risen had He not died willingly for us on the wood of the Cross which we commemorated on Good Friday. Today our somber tone has turned to joy and exhilaration. Let us all resurrect in our hearts, minds and souls what this means and recommit ourselves to carrying out Christ's words in Matthew 28: 10, Do not be afraid..." and keep the Faith no matter what the odds, no matter how great the resistance, ennui, or apostasy. In all things He is "the Truth, the Way, and the Life" (John 14: 6). For today and tomorrow's liturgies, see LITURGY FOR EASTER SUNDAY
Easter Sunday, April 15:
THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD
Sunday, April 15:
First Reading: Acts 10: 34, 37-43
Responsorial: Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Second Reading: Colossians 3: 1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5: 6-8
Gospel Reading: John 20: 1-9 or Mark 16: 1-7
AFTERNOON MASS GOSPEL: Luke 24: 13-35
"O foolish ones and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things before entering into His glory?" Luke 24: 25-26
Roll away the stone! He is risen!
"As dawn is eclipsed by the brightness of the full strength of the Sun during the daylight hours on Easter Sunday morning, we are reminded that the full strength of the Son shines forth at every hour through Holy Mother Church. A red vigil lamp signifies His Real Presence in a tabernacle. Votive candles signify our remembrance of the intention of another, living or deceased, whose light we keep alive in our hearts and in our souls. The tall Easter Candle burns in full force, reminding us that the melted wax is symbolic of how the One Whose light is thus symbolized wants to burn away all residue of sin and selfishness and self-absorption from every aspect of our lives"
In today's Easter issue Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D. shares some excellent thoughts on the meaning of the Resurrection that has not changed for lo these two millenniums. He points out the solidity of the Traditions passed down over the ages through the divine conduit of Holy Mother Church and, which extends from generation to generation, that death's sting has been lost by the hope established firmly by Our Lord in His glorious resurrection and the purpose for the price He paid for our salvation. The Resurrection proceeds from the Cross so that we might succeed in our goal of eternal happiness! What a gift! What glory! For his column, Alleluia!, see CHRIST or chaos
Fluttering above the fray forever and ever
Easter Sunday marks a new growth - a blossoming of the soul - for all who follow Christ because He made it possible that we might enjoy the perfect climate with Him in Heaven.
"Just as the calendar may say it's spring, but we aren't there yet, Christ's entry ushers in the hope of freedom from the cold of the world. Holy Week is changeable, from praise on Sunday, Christ experiences vast changes in the 'climate' of the people. From a warm and joyfull acceptance, to cold rejection, then finally, persecution, suffering and death. But these are the 'pains' of the coming of new life.
In his column today, Pat Ludwa illustrates how the Easter season parallels our own lives as God deigns - for the world is full of ups and downs that can capsize us if we are not firmly anchored to the Cross. Only through this stabilizer can we experience the exhilaration of the Resurrection and safely steer between the two pillars of the Holy Eucharist and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Barque of Peter. From the caterpillars of confusion and despair, through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, we blossom afresh in our commitment to the Faith He handed down in the New Covenant. The Resurrection of Our Lord enables us to emerge from the larvae of Original Sin and realize the chrysalises of free will that, when joined with the Divine Will, allows us to flutter above the fray and our souls to alight in the Truths that will bring us to the everlasting pasture of an unimaginable unending summer of everlasting happiness. For Pat's column, Easter: The 'Spring' of new life in Christ see VIEW FROM THE PEW
"He loved them to the end"
" The Eucharist is the permanent sign of Godís love, the love that sustains our journey to full communion with the Father, through the Son, in the Spirit. This is a love that surpasses the human heart."
That was the heart of Pope John Paul II's General Papal Audience this past Wednesday in Paul VI Hall and his Holy Thursday Homily as reported by the ZENIT News Agency. The Holy Father celebrated the Mass of the Lord's Supper this Holy Thursday in his cathedral, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, which was overcrowded. The atmosphere was solemn. The second reading and the Gospel were sung in ancient Greek, and later in Latin, recreating the atmosphere in which the first Roman Christians heard the Scriptures. The faithful witnessed once again the "scandal" of the Eucharist: the bread and wine become "truly, really and substantially, the Body and Blood of Christ. The mind feels lost before such a sublime mystery," the 265th successor of Peter emphasized. He also repeated Jesus' gesture, washing the feet of twelve priests as Our Lord asks in the Gospel for Holy Thursday. The day before he had focused on the "Mystery of unbounded Love" - the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar and what a precious gift the Eucharist is and proof that "He loved them to the end" (John 13: 1). For both his Wednesday address and Holy Thursday homily, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Note: We will bring you the Holy Father's annual Urbi et Orbi Address in tomorrow or Tuesday's issue.
Original painting used with permission copyrite 1995-2000 Matthew Brooks
"Today bring Me all devout and faithful souls and immerse them in the ocean of My Mercy. These souls brought Me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness."
Today we continue with the Novena of Divine Mercy which will conclude with DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY next week. This Novena was imparted to Saint Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun of the 1930's who is known as the "Apostle of Mercy" and was canonized last year on April 28th in Rome. For this third day of the Novena and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, see THIRD DAY OF DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
Death of the Pope who first wore the Papal Tiara
We commemorate today the death 1,090 years ago in 911 of Pope Sergius III, the 119th successor of Peter. He is best remembered as the Sovereign Pontiff who rebuilt the Basilica of the St. John Lateran after a fire completely destroyed the old edifice. He was also the first Pope to wear the papal tiara, something which the recent Popes have done away with. The tiara represented the tiers of spiritual and temporal powers.
For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see TIME CAPSULES
The Resurrection convinced the greatest skeptics: The Apostles!
"What is most peculiar about Easter is that although His followers had heard Him say He would break the bonds of death, when He actually did, no one believed it. They had to be convinced beyond all shadow of a doubt. Of all the skeptics in the history of the world, none ever equalled the Apostles and the disciples and the holy women. Voltaire and the like were credulous babes compared to them in skepticism. Contemporary attempts to explain away the belief in the Resurrection psychologically fail to take this doubt into account."
Note: During this Easter Sunday and Easter Monday we are suspending the Daily News in deference to this holy time of the year.. We will resume our up-to-date News on Tuesday, April 17th issue with a new format that will bring you even more news. For the latest news, we recommend sources we rely on. For these news agencies, see News Sources
Monthly Medjugorje Message for March 2001
April 15, 2001 volume 12, no. 105