As We Near Easter

By Catholic Rural Life on March 27, 2013

As We Near Easter

Our forty days of walking in the desert of Lent are nearly at an end. Entering Holy Week, we are embarking on the final lap of this special time of the Church when all her members fast, pray, and give alms in a more focused manner so that each of us may draw ever closer to Christ and at the same time better serve our neighbors, especially those who are suffering. Lent is a time of suffering and hopefulness, a time of death and new life.

ascendingMuch has changed since we began this walk in Lent. Pope Benedict XVI stepped down from his office due to his failing health. The resignation marked the first time in over 600 years that a pope had resigned his office. Pope Benedict’s decision required tremendous courage and tremendous humility. Now we have a new pope, Pope Francis, who in taking the name of St. Francis of Assisi is already showing the Church a new path of humility, sacrifice and love.

God has not forsaken the Church. God is calling each one of us to deeper relationship with him through his son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Each one of us has a purpose on this earth, and we can only find that purpose through following Jesus and abiding in his love. As we enter the Triduum—Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday—may we all experience a new hope, joy and peace to humbly walk with our God and serve those who are most in need. May you all have a blessed Easter!

By James Ennis

NCRLC Executive Director

 

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As We Near Easter

By Catholic Rural Life on March 27, 2013

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Our forty days of walking in the desert of Lent are nearly at an end. Entering Holy Week, we are embarking on the final lap of this special time of the Church when all her members fast, pray, and give alms in a more focused manner so that each of us may draw ever closer to Christ and at the same time better serve our neighbors, especially those who are suffering. Lent is a time of suffering and hopefulness, a time of death and new life.

Much has changed since we began this walk in Lent. Pope Benedict XVI stepped down from his office due to his failing health. The resignation marked the first time in over 600 years that a pope had resigned his office. Pope Benedict’s decision required tremendous courage and tremendous humility. Now we have a new pope, Pope Francis, who in taking the name of St. Francis of Assisi is already showing the Church a new path of humility, sacrifice and love.

God has not forsaken the Church. God is calling each one of us to deeper relationship with him through his son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Each one of us has a purpose on this earth, and we can only find that purpose through following Jesus and abiding in his love. As we enter the Triduum—Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday—may we all experience a new hope, joy and peace to humbly walk with our God and serve those who are most in need. May you all have a blessed Easter!

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