EASTER – A DAY OF HOPE!
Blessed Easter to all of you! Today is a day of hope – a day of Resurrection after a horrific death. Yes, we have witnessed many horrific deaths – or attempts of it – throughout the ages against the Mystical Body of Christ – the Church. We see the attempt on the life of Notre Dame as another attempt to smolder what is left of the Catholic Faith. I have posted a post by Michael Matt below discussing the hope of the Catholic people. Also, I have posted some more writing of Bishop Sheen. Very profound words and they should bring great hope to us – Church Militant – who are to fight for Christ knowing that He has already won the victory! – Enjoy and God bless!!
“His enemies remembered that He had said that He would rise again, but they were certain He would not. They were afraid that the Apostles would come and steal away the Body and then say He had risen. Guarding against such deceit, they went to Pilate, asking him to set a watch of soldiers about the tomb for three days, in addition to which they would attach their own official seal to the stone before the entrance. Pilate acceded to their request. Then the Evangelist Matthew fittingly closed his Gospel with the most ironic sentence in literature: “And they departing made the sepulcher sure.” The seal was placed on the sepulcher, and a great stone was rolled in front of the door. His enemies took every precaution against fraud, but could take none against Divinity. As they made their way down Calvary’s hill, such thoughts as these ran through their minds: “Now, His fishermen can go back to their nets and their boats; their Kingdom is a mockery! As for their Master, His Heart was so pierced that blood and water came from it. Our vigilance and that of the soldiers will not permit any one to steal away the Body. He who said He had life in abundance is now dead; He Who said He could summon twelve legions of angels to His assistance now is cold as death; He Who said He could raise up a child of Abraham from a stone is now buried under stone. The Impostor is dead! How wonderfully effective is a Roman death! Nothing can survive a Crucifixion! He will never rise again!
Is that true? Can one rise from the dead? Does not the very fact that He was born in a stranger’s cave and buried in a stranger’s grave prove that human birth and death are equally foreign to Him? Look about at nature. Is not the springtime the Easter Day of the Good Friday of winter? Has not all death within itself the germs of life? Does not the “falling rain bud the greenery”? Does not the falling acorn bud the tree? Why should all creation rise from the dead and not the Redeemer of creation? Therefore – The God of creation rose on that first Easter morn!
(Taken from "The Divine Romance" by Bishop Sheen, 1931)
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!