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Most Rev.Joachim Rego, C.P.  Most Rev Joachim  Rego - Passionist
 Superior General
 

  Easter Message

         2014
 

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends in the Passionist Family,
  
  Greetings to you in the Passion of Jesus! As I pen these words, we are beginning Holy Week – a time which is so meaningful to us, Passionists, as we commemorate and accompany Jesus in the final hours of his Passion, leading to his Death and Resurrection. We enter this Week after having received the grace of Conversion – a renewal of mind and heart – during the period of Lent. Hopefully our response to this time has brought us more under the influence of Christ and leads us to see, understand and respond to all of life more clearly under the light of the Holy Spirit. Yes, each one of us is a NEW, or rather RENEWED person! This necessarily will have its impact on how I live my life and relationships as a disciple of Jesus today.
   
  It is from this standpoint that we now enter into the experience of Holy Week, which is not simply a ‘remembering’ of the events that took place in the life of Jesus of Nazareth over 2000 years ago. Rather, through the liturgical (prayer & symbols) celebrations and listening to the accounts of the Passion of Jesus, we ‘re-live’ the memory once again and walk with Jesus, learning from the manner of his approach and response in his Passion.
   
  While we must naturally appreciate the human pain and brutality suffered by Jesus as a consequence of his proclamation of the kingdom values and in obedience to the will of the Father, let us aim to contemplate the deeper mystery of the Passion which is given meaning in the light of the Resurrection. Our Founder, St Paul of the Cross, in his contemplation of the Crucified, came to appreciate the Passion of Jesus as “the greatest and most overwhelming work of God’s love” and “the door to union with God”.
   
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Alleluia

  It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb.  She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved.  "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, she said, and we don't know where they have put him."
    
   So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter following him, also came up, went into the tomb, saw the linen cloths lying on the ground and also the cloth that had been over his head, this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed.  Till this moment they had still not understood the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.  The disciples then went back home.
    
  But Mary was standing outside near the tomb, weeping. Then as she wept, she stooped to look inside and saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head, the other at the feet. They said, "Woman, why are you weeping?" "They have taken my Lord away, she replied, and I don't know where they have put him."   As she said this she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him and I will go and remove him."  Jesus said, "Mary!"  She turned round then and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!"  which means Master. Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go and find my brothers and tell them: I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God."  So Mary of Magdala told the disciples, I have seen the Lord and that he had said these things to her.
    
 
Now that very same day, two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem and they were talking together about all that had happened. As they were talking together and discussing it, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He said to them, "What are all these things that you are discussing as you walk along?" They stopped, their faces downcast. Then one of them, called Cleopas, answered...Read More
    


“The Catechism of the Catholic Church” Quote for the season:
Part One:  Section_Chapter Two:
I died, and behold I am alive for evermore

625 Christ's stay in the tomb constitutes the real link between his passible state before Easter and his glorious and risen state today. the same person of the "Living One" can say, "I died, and behold I am alive for evermore":465 God [the Son] did not impede death from separating his soul from his body according to the necessary order of nature, but has reunited them to one another in the Resurrection, so that he himself might be, in his person, the meeting point for death and life, by arresting in himself the decomposition of nature produced by death and so becoming the source of reunion for the separated parts.....Read More


Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty
    The pastoral strategy is essentially a call and encouragement to prayer and sacrifice - it's meant to be simple. ... Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty are not only foundational to Catholic social teaching but also fundamental to the good of society. .....
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Our First, Most Cherished Liberty
    
We are Catholics. We are Americans. We are proud to be both, grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens.  .....Read More



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