Though the Road be Long

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What hope we have, even in the longest night, for the light will overcome. We will not fear, for we know the sun will rise. Hallelujah is our song! The journey continues. While there has been a little light in terms of the opening of some ‘non-essential’ businesses, we continue our exile from Mass, with no end in sight. I …

Hallelujah Is Our Song

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What hope we have, even in the longest night, for the light will overcome. We will not fear, for we know the sun will rise. Hallelujah is our song. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! He is risen over all. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah is our song. This past week my family was engaged in a thoughtful, scholarly debate on the next steps out of …

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Where Do You Find Signs of New Life? | #1025

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Easter 2 – We find peace, not when things change ‘out there’, but when our hearts change. We need to realize the depth of God’s love for us. The trials we are suffering are preparing us for new life. Let Jesus put his finger in your wounds.

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The Easter Sequence

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Easter Sunday, you might have noticed a pause before the priest read the Gospel. This pause was the Sequence, an ancient poem set to music. While it has been translated into English, the original is so much nicer. We can sing the Sequence for every day of the Octave of Easter. Take a little time to listen to it and …

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This Blood Donor Stopped a Pandemic | #1024

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Easter – Jesus offered his blood so that we could be freed from the pandemic of sin. Today he invites you to live a new life in Him. We need to die to our old selves and rise again every year, every week, and indeed, every day. Happy Easter!

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How to Celebrate Easter at Home

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Easter Sunday, many people in our community will realize for the first time that churches are closed. Instead of a church service and a big family party, people will have to settle for live-streamed services at home. Fear not! A little planning and Easter at home can be your most memorable Easter ever. And the planning begins, appropriately, with the …

New Life in Christ (Easter Letter 2019)

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“I was not expecting that!” One of the second-grade students shook his head in wonder. We were acting out the story of the Prodigal Son. We had gotten to the point where the son comes to his senses and decides to return home. The kids were expecting this worthless son to be greeted by an angry father. Instead the father …

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The Eucharist: Miracle of Mercy | #823

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Divine Mercy – Jesus is like us in all the ways that make us miserable. It is precisely in our misery that God comes to meet us and offer mercy and feed us with True Love. Pray to experience once again for the first time the Miracle of the Eucharist.