Saturday, April 3, 2010

Holy Saturday

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, as the controversy surrounding the Pope continues to swirl, keep your minds and hearts fixed firmly on one thing: Christ died so that an imperfect world could one day have perfection in Him. Without Him, there is nothing but death, no matter how much the allurements of this world try to disguise that fact. If we, who know how the story ended (really, not how it ended, but how it began) despair over the trials and tribulations of this world, we allow the world to rob us of the joy that is ours in Christ's victory over death and sin. For a people of faith, could there have been a worse trial than having the Master arrested, beaten, dragged, ripped apart and tortured on a cross? The early Christians were thrown to wild animals. Today, the lions don't devour our flesh but try to discourage our hope and our faith. They can only succeed if we let them. On this day when we contemplate the repose of Christ in the tomb, we must ignore the constant drumbeat in the media against the Church and the Holy Father. Nothing that is of this world can change the Truth that is Jesus Christ, Who suffered on this earth so that we could share Eternal Life with Him. This is what it means to take up your cross and follow Him. In the words of St. Therese, for each little pain borne in this life, God will repay us all the more with joy in Eternity.

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