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HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
The Resurrection is a pledge that one day every tomb like the tomb of Christ will be empty, that life will not die with death. Easter is not a one-man show. Jesus is alive. That is what brings us to church.
But He did not burst from the tomb for His own sake to prove something like Houdini. His whole life was unique. He preached a twin message everyone could understand. Love God above all else. Love your sister and brother as much as you love yourself. He made enemies of the powerful because He put compassion above traditions.
Love above law, people above things. He claimed a relationship with the Father so intimate that the scandalized took up stones to cast at Him for blasphemy. He proved his divinity by not only dying for us, but also rising for us. He came alive to give us life and to share in God’s own life -- not only in the hereafter, but also in the here and now. That is important. It is not enough to have life, even God’s life; you must live it, feel it and open up to it.
Jesus made it quite plain when He said – “I come that you might have life and have it abundantly.” Some of us are not concerned with the question of is there life after death because they have not realized that there is life after birth. St. Paul tells us we are a new creation. We are radically different from what we would have been if Christ had not come, had not carried His cross to Calvary. Because of Christ our life should be different.
Because of His resurrection, Christ has turned all of our sunsets into bright, glorious dawns.
Wishing you a blessed and joyous Easter.
Yours in Christ,
Bro. Raymond Rodriguez Luis, SA, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, was ordained to the priesthood at Pilgrim Hall, Graymoor, Garrison, NY on Saturday, March 14, 2009. The ceremony was officiated by Most Reverend Donald James Reece, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kingston in Jamaica, West Indies.
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Pianist, composer and conductor Maestro Pierluigi Sampietro, who in 2007 gave a private concert to Pope Benedict XVI, will give a recital entitled: “The Magic of Music History – from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven to Jazz on Sunday, April 19th at 3:00 p.m. in Pilgrim Hall at Graymoor, Garrison New York. All are welcome.
The third presentation in the Graymoor Lecture Series will be held on May 14, 2009 at the Church of the Holy Family in New York City. Rev. Monsignor John A. Radano, Ph.D., recently of the staff of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome will present the lecture: “Ecumenical Dialogue in the 21st Century.”
For those of you who are not already aware, the award-winning Ave Maria Hour radio show is being re-broadcast over the Internet weekly on BlogTalk Radio. We recently completed the 44 episode series of “The Life of Christ” and we are pleased to announce that we will now be presenting a new 14 part series “The Stations of the Cross,” each Friday at 10:00 a.m. EST.
Spring is here, and with that it is time for Spring Cleaning. Boy Scout Troup 353 from Eastchester, New York, visited Graymoor for the third year in a row to donate their time and talents towards the beautification of the World Trade Center Memorial Garden at Graymoor.
On the first full day of spring, Saturday, March 21, under the guidance of Br. Ted Novak, S.A., two tons of donated landscaping stones were spread to level the presentation area of the site. Additionally the Scouts, Scout Leaders and Dads spread 1-1/2 skids of donated topsoil over the garden beds.
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