Posts Tagged ‘Easter’

Easter Sunday Homily from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

What brings us to the Basilica, this Easter morning is our own personal act of faith. We are here because we need to be here. We need to hear, once again, the proclamation that is at the very heart of our faith. Christ is Risen! No matter how many Easter Sundays we have celebrated there […] [Read more]

Easter Joy

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

One of the graces of Easter falling in early April is that nature reflects the joy of new life found in the resurrection of Our Lord and Savior. Our parks and gardens bloom with color. We wonder at how even the most delicate of spring flowers survived our long and cold winter. We revel in […] [Read more]

God is Love: The Letters of Saint John

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Easter is a season to rejoice in the love of Christ our Redeemer, and then proclaim the Good News of the Risen Lord who calls us to eternal life. This is what Saint John does in his three letters of the New Testament and I invite you to read and reflect on these inspiring writings […] [Read more]

Saint Catherine of Siena

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Part of the Easter season is a celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism.  At each Mass, the Easter Candle is lit, and the baptismal font is placed front and center or richly decorated throughout the fifty days of Easter.  In Baptism, we receive the gift of new life won for us in Jesus’ death and […] [Read more]

“Go out!”

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

At his first general audience on March 27 in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis repeated a phrase worth remembering and living: “Go out!” A few days before Easter, our new Holy Father was reflecting on what it means to live our faith during Holy Week, and in a deeper sense, to walk with Jesus every […] [Read more]

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Just over two weeks ago, we witnessed the election of a new Chief Shepherd – Pope Francis.  The Chair of Peter is once more filled.  Now on Easter Sunday, with joy and exaltation, the entire Church throughout the world proclaims once again, as it has done for two millennia, “Christ is Risen!”  You and I […] [Read more]

Our New Life in Christ

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

With great solemnity, the Church celebrates baptism and Easter, and along with the Easter Candle, the baptismal font and its water are the central symbols of the Easter season.  On Easter Sunday and each Sunday of the Easter season (the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost), the priest will bless water with these words, “Bless […] [Read more]

Christ is Truly Risen, Alleluia!

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Just as the disciples did after the first Easter, we too can shout “Alleluia” with joy, because we have encountered the risen Lord. On this Easter, and every day, Jesus is with us, and brings us new life. [Read more]