EUGENE AND THE RESURRECTION: GRATITUDE MUST FILL OUR HEARTS AT THE THOUGHT THAT THIS GOOD MASTER HAS REALLY WILLED TO MAKE US SHARERS IN HIS RESURRECTION

What a ravishing ceremony for Christians, how the heart was bursting, what joy as one joined with the whole Church of heaven and earth to celebrate the glorious Resurrection of Our Saviour.
 After journeying with him through the sad event of his Passion, after weeping over the torments that our sins made him endure, how consoling it is to see him rise triumphant over death and hell, and what gratitude must fill our hearts at the thought that this good Master has really willed to make us sharers in his resurrection, destroying the sin that is in us and giving us a new life.
That day we spent a good twelve hours in Church, I would not have wanted it to be a minute less. It was like being in heaven; so what are the joy and happiness we experience in that blessed homeland going to be like?

Letter to his mother, 4 April 1809, EO XIV n 50

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One Response to EUGENE AND THE RESURRECTION: GRATITUDE MUST FILL OUR HEARTS AT THE THOUGHT THAT THIS GOOD MASTER HAS REALLY WILLED TO MAKE US SHARERS IN HIS RESURRECTION

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    Twelve hours in Church –I laugh as I think of how our Easter Vigil here seemed long – just under three hours; and yet like Eugene I would not have wanted it to be a minute less. I look back at my entire Triduum experience which most certainly culminated at the Easter Vigil and yet which continues today and hopefully in my tomorrows.

    Something was different this year – perhaps it is in the way I have allowed myself to celebrate – allowing myself to simply ‘be’ there with the others. Sharing in what was happening – “…that this good master has really willed to make us sharers in his resurrection”. There were things that I could not “do” this year and yet my Easter experience did not depend on my doing but rather in how I approached it and allowed myself to be carried.

    “It was like being in heaven; so what are the joy and happiness we experience in that blessed homeland going to be like?” It was not the instant gratification that we are so used to in these times; nor was it a bunch of “feelings” that filled me. There was/is a depth that I have not previously recognized which goes deeper than words.

    Easter Monday – what does that look like today? I subscribe to “Living City” magazine and was surprised on Saturday to receive Easter wishes from my “friends” at that magazine. The quote they sent gives me an idea of what ‘that blessed homeland [is] going to be like’. It read: “May we be an Easter people always living ‘beyond His wounds where charity is queen’.” (Chiara Lubich)

    I gratefully share those wishes sent to me with all who come here this morning to share in the ongoing Paschal Mystery that is our life. A continued blessed and happy Easter to all.

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