April 4, 2021 – Pastor’s Corner

PASTOR’S CORNER
Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is truly Risen! Alleluia!
We have been preparing our hearts and souls for this glorious feast of the
Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ by prayer, fasting, and works of
mercy. Now, we are spiritually prepared to experience the joy of the
disciples who saw the Risen Christ. Now, we are able to experience more
fully the joy of Christ’s victory over sin and death.
In the Holy Triduum, we enter into the great mysteries of our Catholic
Faith: Jesus Christ offers Himself as Priest and Victim (Lamb) of
Sacrifice. He begins His sacrifice at the Last Supper in giving us His Body
and Blood as our spiritual food and drink, and He consummates His
Infinite Love for us by pouring out His Precious Blood upon the altar of
the Cross. After the three days in the tomb, He now wins the final victory
by conquering death by His Glorious Resurrection.
Easter Week is a special week — every single day is Easter! If you come to
Mass, you will notice that we pray both the Gloria and the Nicene Creed
every day of this week because every day is the Solemnity of Easter.
On Good Friday, we encourage you to begin the Novena of Divine
Mercy: 9 days of praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, along with special
prayer intentions for each day; you can offer this novena for the
conversion of someone who is in need of God’s Infinite Mercy.
On Divine Mercy Sunday, there is a “special grace” that Our Lord gives to
those who receive Holy Communion in the state of sanctifying grace: a
complete remission of all sins and punishments due to sin. That
prerequisite is very important: please go to confession to make sure that
your souls are as prepared as possible, that you are, indeed, in the state
of grace before receiving Holy Communion. The special grace is similar to
a plenary indulgence, with this difference: instead of having to have
complete detachment from all of our sins (including venial sins) to
receive a plenary indulgence, the special grace helps us to have that
perfect detachment and perfect love for God that we need so that we
can be completely purified — it has been compared to a renewal of our
baptism. I hope that all of you will enter fully into all the graces offered
to you during this most holy season!
Fr. Ben

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