Father Sean's Weekly Blog

April 27, 2014

Dear friends in Christ,

Happy Easter! Christ is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia! Today we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. We honor the Divine Mercy devotion that focuses on the mercy of God the Father through His Son, Jesus. St. Faustina, a 20th century Polish nun, promoted the devotion in her life and the late Pope John Paul II also had a great devotion to it and authorized the first celebration of a particular Divine Mercy Sunday in 2001. It is fitting then that today in Rome Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII have joined the kingdom of saints. These two great and holy men of God were canonized by Pope Francis earlier today at St. Peter’s Basilica. How wonderful it is that we have two new saints to call upon to bring us closer to God. St. John Paul II, pray for us! St. John XXIII, pray for us!

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April 20, 2014: Easter Sunday

Dear friends in Christ,

“Alleluia! Alleluia!” That double “Alleluia” is a hallmark of today’s great celebration of Easter. Jesus Christ, our Lord and God, is risen from the dead! The stone has been rolled away and the empty tomb lets all know without a shadow of doubt that death has been overcome. The appearance of the Risen Christ to the disciples brings to fulfillment what had been foretold of him in all the Scriptures. The Messiah had to first suffer and die but He will rise again on the third day. Today is that day and so we raise our voices in glory to God and Christ the Redeemer!

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April 13, 2014

Dear friends in Christ,

Our celebration today on Passion (Palm) Sunday leads us into the most sacred and special season of the Church’s liturgical calendar, Holy Week. The palm branches we bless and carry today remind us of the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. He comes not as a victorious king as some had hoped for, but rather as a willing servant that lays down His life for all. May these palms remind us of that entrance and, most importantly, what follows. Are we willing to go to the cross with Christ and die to the sin in our lives? If so, this will be a triumphant journey that ends not in death but victory and life everlasting.

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April 6, 2014

Dear friends in Christ,

Today is the 5th Sunday of Lent and it features one of the most popular Gospel passages we will read all year, the resurrection of Lazarus. Of course we read this account in light of the approaching Easter story of Jesus’ own resurrection from the dead. This is foreshadowing in the best possible way. It’s the ultimate miracle story. Jesus has healed the sick, given sight to the blind, made the lame walk again and countless others have been brought “to life” because of His presence. Now Lazarus is literally brought back from the dead — and still there is unbelief.

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March 30, 2014

Dear friends in Christ,

This weekend, we celebrate the 4th Sunday of Lent, also known as Laetare Sunday, from the Latin word “rejoice.” It is a day of joy in the midst of the penitential season of Lent, much like Gaudete Sunday is in the third week of Advent. It’s not quite Easter yet (we still have no Gloria or Alleluia at Mass), but it lets us know that our journey is in the homestretch.

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