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Spring Means New Life...

Our guest blogger today is Friar Jeremy Harrington, OFM, coauthor of A Friar’s E-spirations. To subscribe to this FREE e-newsletter, click here.

It was a long, cold winter for many of us. It’s true that the plentiful snow blanketing our yards and fields for those months had a beauty and splendor all its own. And the bare tree limbs outlined against the sky showed their full grace. But what a joy it is to see a daffodil poking through the earth, buds coming from dry branches, and greenery adorning those bare limbs!

Where does this new life come from? Botanists explain hidden seeds and bulbs and sap deep in trees. But my soul yearns for more. Let me hear from St. Francis his praise to the “Most High, all-powerful, good Lord.” Give me his eyes to appreciate the new life springing from our sister, Mother Earth, by the light and warm rays of Brother Sun. Like Francis, let me praise God in nature and also embrace him on the cross. Don’t let me hurry through spring without noticing—without stopping in awe.

Budding blossoms from dry, bare branches is our background for celebrating the Paschal mystery. The bruised and beaten body of Jesus hung on the cross and lay dead in the tomb for three days. But Jesus joyously rose, peace-giving, forgiving, bestowing new life on our tired world.

Easter is not only a past event. The risen Jesus shared his new life with his disciples and is now sharing his risen life with us. St. Paul says; “Just as Christ was raised from the dead . . . we too [through faith and Baptism] live in newness of life.” We are united with him in the resurrection. We are transformed. “To be in Christ,” Paul told the Corinthians, “means being a completely new creature.”

We could say “an eternal spring” exists where God’s life and love prevail. Easter-spring makes me stop in awe. 

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."