Brothers and sisters,
We have plenty to meditate upon and pray about as we enter into Holy Week beginning with Passion Sunday. We are grateful for a refresher on the Sacraments and thoughts for contemplation from Monsignor Tierney. We continue to mourn the losses in our communities in recent months, including the tragic loss of two Aurora Central Catholic students. We continue to entrust them and their families to the Lord. We continue to witness the Passion of Christ in persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. We continue to pray for the oppressed and victims even of slavery in this new millennium. We think of those facing illness and loneliness in our neighborhoods and community. As we journey in the midst of these great sufferings and trials we do so with the accompanying presence and grace of God. As St. Paul, who was famous for enduring great trials and even martyrdom, reminded us:
“Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more.”
God is eternal, encompassing all of time and sees all.
“All things work for good for those who love the Lord.”
God is all-powerful and able to turn any abuse of freedom and human dignity to good. If we open our hearts even a bit to the love of God we will receive in abundance, especially in time of trial. The Cross also indicates a limit to suffering and is always connected for us Christians with our greatest celebration, that of the Resurrection. These most sacred days invite us to contemplate amidst the joys and trials of our lives the great Paschal mystery that frees us from the bounds of sin and death. As we begin this week the famous “Pilgrim Staff” of St. Teresa of Avila will reach its destination to celebrate the 500
anniversary of the birth of this great saint and Carmelite Doctor of the Church. After well over 100 destinations that began on her feast in October of 2014, the global pilgrimage “Way of Light” will conclude as we prepare to honor Christ’s Passion, Holy Week, and the Sacred Triduum.
She accompanies us and encourages us with her famous words: “Let nothing disturb thee, nothing affright thee; all things are passing, God never changes. Patient endurance attains to all things. Who God possesses, in nothing is wanting.”
In Christ, son of Mary,