Happy Easter and welcome to all, especially to any visitors or travelers with us this weekend. Today we celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead; His Resurrection is the ground of our hope.
As our Easter gift to you, please receive a copy of Scott Hahn’s book, “Signs of Life: 20 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots”. Scott Hahn is a convert to Catholicism; as such, he gives a unique perspective in explaining the Biblical doctrines which underlie Catholic beliefs, practices, and traditions. I highly encourage you to read his book, and deepen your faith with a better understanding of what Catholics believe, and why we do what we do. This book is an abridged version of Scott Hahn’s larger work, “Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots”. There are 143 reviews of the book on Amazon.com, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5.0—quite impressive. It’s an easy read—I hope you enjoy it.
On this day I am particularly grateful for those attending our Easter celebrations; indeed it has been a long year. But we should not allow the revelations that high-ranking Church leaders covered up abuse to destroy our faith. We should never allow any person or any event to weaken or diminish our faith in the Lord Jesus and His Church.
Every year at our Easter celebrations we welcome people at various points in their journeys of faith. Perhaps some are struggling with belief in God; others may have been away from the Church; some may simply be seeking, or others very committed in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Wherever you may find yourself, I invite you to a closer walk with the Lord Jesus in your life.
May you embark once again on your own personal search: I have no doubt that you will see the utter reasonableness and beauty of devoting one’s life to Jesus. If I may be of any assistance to you in facilitating your search, please call the Rectory at (847) 872-8778, and ask to speak with me. Or, you may E-mail me at: email@example.com. The Church is not complete without you.
Happy Easter and peace to you, your family, and your loved ones! I close with these beautiful words from Pope Emeritus XVI’s 2012 Easter Message: Dear brothers and sisters! If Jesus is risen, then – and only then – has something truly new happened, something that changes the state of humanity and the world. Then He, Jesus, is someone in whom we can put absolute trust; we can put our trust not only in His message, but in Jesus Himself, for the Risen One does not belong to the past, but is present today, [He is] alive!