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|Everything is different now
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
We began our Lenten journey 40 days or so ago with Pope Francis’ challenge to confront the problem of what he calls the “globalization of indifference.” Our traditional Lenten practices of prayer, charity and fasting have offered us ways to open ourselves to Christ’s love and to share that love with others, to resist the temptation to indifference.
We are about to enter into the three days, the heart of our liturgical year, when we will recall Christ’s command to follow his example by celebrating Eucharist and washing feet, when we will stand at the foot of the Cross with Mary, when we will wait in the darkness for the dawning of the new day of resurrection life.
And then? Hopefully, it will not mean a return to “life as usual.”
Mary Magdalene could not go back to life as usual. Neither could Peter and the Beloved Disciple. Neither could the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Neither could Thomas. Neither should we.
The church gives us 50 days to follow on the 40. Yes, 50 days of feasting to follow the 40 days of fasting. But even more than that: 50 days to make sure that what has happened to us over the last 40 takes root and bears fruit, that the seeds that have been planted begin to bear new and abundant life, resurrection life.
We are given these 50 days to make sure that we will come from the font, whether as the newly-baptized neophytes or as those who have renewed their promises, filled with joy and eager to live as an Easter people; to understand more deeply what it means to have died and come back to life again in the waters of baptism.
As we were given 40 days to make our way to
Calvary and the empty tomb, we are given 50 to make our way back to Jerusalem, to the upper room, to the whirlwind and tongues of flames that marked the gift of the Spirit at Pentecost.
The Spirit calls us and empowers us to be a resurrection people: those whose lives are an offering of praise and thanksgiving to God, those whose lives echo Christ’s care and compassion for others, those whose lives bear witness to the Good News of God’s mercy and gift of everlasting life.
After the Resurrection, and after Pentecost, we cannot — we dare not — go back to “life as usual” because everything should be — everything is — different now.
Full English/Spanish Easter Message is available here at The Catholic Messenger.
Father has challenged us to proclaim our faith values; and he
has specifically addressed the threats to dignity, and even of
life itself, of migrants.
Iowa bishops and I have issued a Statement on Immigration Reform
through the Iowa Catholic Conference. This statement
underlies all of our Church teachings. It applies from the
moment of conception to the last moments of life and encompasses
all people on earth.
that not only are the vast majority of the people of Iowa of
immigrant descent but that even our Catholic faith is an
immigrant to this great state and nation.
Iowa Bishops' Joint Statement on Immigration Reform
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