“Do not be ashamed to enter again into the Church… These are two things: sin and repentance. Sin is a wound; repentance is a medicine. Just as there are for the body wounds and medicines, so for the soul are sins and repentance. However, sin has the shame and repentance possesses the courage.” —St. John Chrysostom
Photo Right: Peter and John running to the tomb on the first Easter morning. We are all trying to get close to the mystery of the Resurrection. We, too, can join them when we hear, “Christ is Risen!” This news casts out all fear of sickness, poverty and uncertainty even today. Easter morning, when death was trampled by death, became the source of endless new hope for our universe.
May 4, 2020
There is so much pain and confusion around us. The Church — the sure foundation, the pillar and bulwark of Truth — is seemingly being pulled in various directions by factions and societal influences. And we, the faithful, are in many places without access to the Sacraments.
Yes, we know that the Sacrifice of the Mass has not stopped.
We know that from the rising of the sun to its setting, Christ is made present in this world, but the visible and tangible signs are to us at best made abstract through computer screens — seemingly unapproachable.
In some countries and regions it is even illegal to those who are not ordained. And so, we are hungry.
We are hungry for Christ present in the elements of bread and wine given and shed for us, but we are also hungry for a Church that is steadfast and unshakable in the midst of tumultuous seas.
To be sure, the Church is supposed to be in the midst of the seas of the world, and storms do happen.
We, as Christians, are to be in the world and not separate from it. But we are not meant to be of the world. We are meant to be distinct.
To add to all of this, there is of course concern for health. There is a global health crisis going on which seems as if it may set off a financial crisis, and we are trying to weather that storm, as well.
Where there is sin, may it be approached with repentance.
Where there is need, may it be filled.
Where there is illness, may Christ the Great Physician be near.
Where there is hunger, may there be sustenance.
We hope that we are a source of nourishment even in this great hunger. We hope that we can be a voice pointing to the need for stability, assurance, and even in places repentance from the Church. We believe that this is work that is needed now more than ever.
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