The Resurrection of our Lord is upon us! Let us rejoice and be glad!
I believe it is only fitting that Easter falls late on the calendar this year. After a long, harsh winter, we celebrate the risen Christ just as the earth begins to warm, the flowers begin to bloom and the birds begin to sing. New life is evident all around us.
Today I am reminded of a quote that could be found in my catechism book circa 1969. It answered the question “What is the Church?” As a young boy, I identified with the place we gathered for liturgy on Sunday and for confession every Friday. But when Sister Irene called on me to answer the question, I popped up from my desk, stood at attention and recited the following:
“The Church is the family of God’s children gathered together by the risen Lord.”
I could think of no better way to celebrate Easter than by living that statement each and every day. As Anselmians, I ask each of us to stop and give pause as we celebrate together the Church and our place within it. The risen Lord is alive around us. Our Benedictine charism compels us to live a life for others. We give thanks for all that we have in His name.
The Resurrection of our Lord is upon us! Let us Rejoice and be glad!