Divine Mercy Sunday, Year B. April 11th, 2021.

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers of Saint Therese Parish,
 
I trust that you each had a prayerful and peaceful Easter. While I wish we had been able to gather together for the Easter sunrise up at the lighthouse, the joy at the Easter Vigil and Sunday morning Masses was present in abundance. So too the sense of gratitude on Holy Thursday evening as our community blessed the feet of twelve essential workers. The silence of a rustic wooden cross carried down the center aisle on Good Friday bound us solemnly as peo-ple of faith who know both suffering in life and times of holding on to hope.
 
I came upon this reflection while “chilling out” on Easter Monday. John O’Donohue was a priest in the west of Ireland, a well known poet, author and speaker, certainly a favorite of mine. This is what he wrote: “On this Easter morning, let us look again at the lives we have been so generously given and let us let fall away the useless baggage that we carry -old pains, old habits, old ways of seeing and feeling -and let us have the courage to begin again. Life is very short, and we are no sooner here than it is time to depart again, and we should use to the full the time that we still have. We don’t realize all the good we can do. A kind, encouraging word or helping hand can bring many a person through dark valleys in their lives. We weren’t put here to make money or to acquire status or reputation. We were sent here to search for the light of Easter in our hearts, and when we find it we are meant to give it away generously. The dawn that is rising this Easter morning is a gift to our hearts and we are meant to celebrate it and to carry away from this holy, an-cient place the gifts of healing and light and the courage of a new beginning.”
 
Easter blessings and peace,
Father Bob, C.P.