The Easter Season begins Easter Sunday and concludes with Pentecost. It is the most important liturgical season in the Church’s calendar.
THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
Jesus rises from the dead on Easter Sunday, glorious and immortal, as He has predicted (Matt. 28:1-7). On the day of His Resurrection Jesus Christ left in the tomb the shroud which is the symbol of our infirmities, our weaknesses, our imperfections. Christ comes from the tomb triumphant - completely free of earthly limitation; He is animated with a life that is intense and perfect, and which vibrates in every fiber of His being. In Him everything that is mortal has been absorbed by His glorified life. Here is the first element of the sanctity represented in the risen Christ: the elimination of everything that is corruptible, everything that is earthly and created; freedom from all defects, all infirmities, all capacity for suffering. But there is also another element of sanctity: union with God, self-oblation and consecration to God. Only in heaven shall we be able to understand how completely Jesus lived for His Father during these blessed days. The life of the risen Christ became an infinite source of glory for His Father. Not a single effect of His sufferings was left in Him, for now everything in Him shone with brilliance and beauty and possessed strength and life; every atom of His being sang an unceasing canticle of praise. His holy humanity offered itself in a new manner to the glory of the Father. (EWTN)
"The Cross had asked the questions; the Resurrection had answered them... The Cross had asked: 'Why does God permit evil and sin to nail Justice to a tree?' The Resurrection answered: 'That sin, having done its worst, might exhaust itself and this be overcome by Love that is stronger than either sin or death.'" Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen
"We must keep our eyes on the Risen Lord and our hearts will burn within us no matter what happens - for our God is risen. He is truly risen!" Mother Angelica
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
|I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fount of My mercy, that they may draw there from strength and refreshment and whatever graces they need in the hardships of life and, especially, at the hour of death. On each day you will bring to My Heart a different group of souls, and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy, and I will bring all these souls into the house of My Father. You will do this in this life and in the next. I will deny nothing to any soul whom you will bring to the fount of My mercy. On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My bitter Passion, for graces for these souls. (Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska)|
THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth. For just as he remained with us even after his ascension, so we too are already in heaven with him, even though what is promised us has not yet been fulfilled in our bodies.
Christ is now exalted above the heavens, but he still suffers on earth all the pain that we, the members of his body, have to bear. He showed this when he cried out from above: Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? and when he said: I was hungry and you gave me food.
Why do we on earth not strive to find rest with him in heaven even now, through the faith, hope and love that unites us to him? While in heaven he is also with us; and we while on earth are with him. He is here with us by his divinity, his power and his love. We cannot be in heaven, as he is on earth, by divinity, but in him, we can be there by love.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
To console them, he explains the meaning of his departure: he will go, but he will return; meanwhile, he will not abandon them, will not leave them orphans. He will send the Consoler, the Spirit of the Father, and the Spirit will enable them to understand that Christ's work is a work of love: love of the One who gave himself, love of the Father who has given him.
This is the mystery of Pentecost: the Holy Spirit illuminates the human spirit and, by revealing Christ Crucified and Risen, indicates the way to become more like him, that is, to be "the image and instrument of the love which flows from Christ" (Deus Caritas Est, n. 33).
The Church, gathered with Mary as at her birth, today implores: "Veni, Sancte Spiritus! — Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love!". Amen.
Homily of Pope Benedict XVI
LENT & HOLY WEEK
In addition to information on the Easter Season, we have provided all the videos that were live streamed during Holy Week of our Masses, Devotionals, and Rosary Prayers. We also have Fr. Edivaldo's amazing talks "15 Minutes with Father Edivaldo" and the wonderful team of evangelists and catechists that delivered our Holy Week Series of Reflections and Lectures. Please enjoy, it was our pleasure bringing all this you and your families: