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Monthly Archives: April 2014
Monday

By Father Bob Pagliari, C.Ss.R.

Redemptorist missionary, Rev. James Paul Lundy, died on April 26, 2014, at the Mary Manning Walsh Rehabilitation Center in New York, New York. He had just celebrated his 95th birthday earlier in the month before returning peacefully to the Lord. [read more]

Saturday

Father James Paul Lundy died on April 26 in New York City. He was 95. Read or download his obituary here.

Sunday

Scripture readings: Acts 10:34, 37-43; Psalm 118; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; John 20:1-9

As a child I got to wear my best clothes on Easter Sunday. Sometimes that even meant new clothes, which was a wonderful, even if perhaps unintentional, proclamation of the new life bestowed on the world today by our all-loving God.

As I grew older, I came to understand how Jesus is the heart and soul of this day and that I need to allow this Risen Lord to live within me. I began to realize that sin, Satan, suffering, and death could neither overcome nor destroy me, for Christ is stronger than any of them.

Through Easter I had been given the gifts of the forgiveness, the love, and the power of God.

I once met a very tough prisoner who told me: “Father, I was a wretched and terrible man. I did rotten things in my life, which is why I am here and will be here for a long time.

“But I’ve had a personal encounter with Jesus, the Risen Lord, and my whole life has changed. I know that I have been forgiven by God. I have repented. I hope for the forgiveness of the families whom I have hurt, including my own, because now He lives within me.”

That is Easter!

Rev. Kevin Moley, C.Ss.R.
Provincial Superior
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Saturday

Scripture readings: Various Old Testament readings and psalms; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10

In the Liturgy of the Hours for today, we read from an ancient homily: “Something strange is happening; there is a great silence on earth today.” It is good that we keep silence today to reflect on the death of Jesus.

On this holy day, we cannot forget our baptism. We most often consider baptism as something we do for infants. However, Holy Saturday leads our community of faith to Easter Sunday, and Easter Sunday is about renewing the baptismal promises we made or that were made for us.

Promises need to be renewed, don’t they? We make all kinds of promises to one another as we go through life. Some are broken along the way. To sustain our promises, we need to keep the sacred silence of this day so we can, with all our enthusiasm, say “yes” to the sacred promises of baptism during our Easter liturgy.

Rev. Raymond Collins, C.Ss.R.
Boston

Friday

Scripture readings: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 31; Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42

I once taught a class of sixth graders about how Jesus saves us from sin through His death and resurrection. A boy asked, “If Jesus was God, why did He have to die?” I was stumped, so like any good teacher, I asked my own question, “Well, what do you think?”

There was a pause for a few moments until a girl offered, “I think Jesus had to die because He was just like us.” I think she touched on the essence of what we celebrate today, “Good” Friday.

We believe that Jesus is a unique figure in salvation history. As the Son of God, He is both fully human and fully divine. As God, He did not have to die. But as a human being, to really claim to be one of us, Jesus had to participate in the one thing that unites us: death.

Jesus chose fully to enter our human condition by choosing to die. We do not have such a choice!

But Jesus had a choice, and He chose to enter into death and to really, truly become one of us. With that total gift of Himself, He opened for us the possibility of sharing in His divinity. If that’s not Good News, I don’t know what is!

Rev. Edmund Faliskie, C.Ss.R.
Brooklyn, N.Y.