Posted by: ourbakersdozen | April 3, 2010

…Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.


Easter Sunday Solemnity

First Reading: Acts 10:34, 37-43
Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6-8
Gospel: John 20:1-9

“Our Lord and Savior lifted up his voice and said with incomparable majesty: “Let all men know that grace comes after tribulation. Let them know that without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. Let them know that the gifts of grace increase as the struggles increase. Let men take care not to stray and be deceived. This is the only true stairway to paradise, and without the cross they can find no road to climb to heaven.” When I heard these words, a strong force came upon me and seemed to place me in the middle of a street, so that I might say in a loud voice to people of every age, sex and status: “Hear, O people; hear, O nations. I am warning you about the commandment of Christ by using words that came from his own lips: We cannot obtain grace unless we suffer afflictions. We must heap trouble upon trouble to attain a deep participation in the divine nature, the glory of the sons of God and perfect happiness of soul.”

— St. Rose of Lima

My family and I wish all of my readers the most peaceful and Happy Easter possible and pray that we all recognize the challenges that await us in the new Church year as the opportunities to gain in Graces that they are. Hugo and I often shudder at the number of opportunities we have missed to grow in Grace!

GOD BLESS!

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