I hope you are enjoying the Easter Season. What a wonderful day it was on Easter Day! Have you been to see the new childrens' themed play area at Stonor? It is really fantastic!
It will be a short letter this week, as I am going to be away for a couple of days.
All good wishes and prayers,
Fr. Michael odcs
DISCIPLES OF THE RISEN CHRIST Cardinal Carlo Martini : Disciples of the Risen Christ
The Easter we celebrate each year is first of all the memory of a historical event. So, it is not simply an ideal commemoration or meditation on some abstract reality. It is the memory of an event, a specific one that is historically well-defined. We have Jesus's trial conducted by the Roman authorities that ended with His death sentence, torture, and crucifixion and, a few days after Jesus's death, with the historical record of the meeting of the risen Christ with His disciples.
THE BREAKTHROUGH OF EASTER Emeritus Pope Benedict
All this makes clear what Easter does mean: God has acted. History does not go on aimlessly. Justice, love, truth, - these are realities, genuine reality. God loves us, He comes to meet us. The more we go along this path and live in this way, the less we need to fear justice and truth, the more our hearts will be full of Easter joy. Easter is not only a story to be told: It is s signpost on life's way. It is not an account of a miracle that happened a very long time ago: it is the breakthrough which has determined the meaning of all history. If we grasp this, we too, today, can utter the Easter greeting with undiminished joy : Christ is risen, yes, He is risen indeed!
An end to winter at last
And a not a moment too soon for the deer at Stonor Park...
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