This year the climactic conclusion of Lent with Holy Week and Easter does not come until the last half of April. In our meditations on the Stations of the Cross, we must remember what a cruel and tortuous reality Christ’s passion was. Even so, God’s Son willingly embraced such a death as the sacrifice for our redemption! Thank God for his Son, and thank God for Easter!
The present conflict between a culture of life and a culture of death shows little signs of ending, although progress is being made. Our solidarity on this issue will move society to protect the innocents, especially the lives of the weakest. We cannot measure the immense power of prayer. It is in prayer that we must band together and fight this unmistakable evil. Government intrusion into areas of religious freedom casts a shadow upon our Church’s ability to practice what she preaches when it comes to human life and human sexuality. The bishops of our country are united in defending our need to practice as an institution what the Church has always taught on these matters. Many who are not Catholic also recognize the constitutional principle being violated here and have spoken in solidarity with the Catholic bishops. Can we do any less?
The seasons of Lent and Easter are seasons of grace for our families and for our Church. Adults are baptized, or received into the full communion of the Catholic Church; children make their first confession and first communion; older children are confirmed. These and all the sacraments are a participation in the Paschal Mystery – the death and resurrection of Jesus for our redemption. In them, we encounter the Risen Lord and are renewed in holiness. What a blessing!
May God bless you and your families this Easter and always.
– Msgr. Michael Gorman, Chaplain