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Jesus Christ is Risen from the dead!


EASTER. The day commemorating Christ's Resurrection from the dead. It is the greatest of all Christian festivals, having the central place in the liturgical year. It is the Christian feast linked with the Jewish Pasch. The exultant Alleluia is constantly repeated in the Mass and Divine Office, the Vidi Aquam replaces the Asperges, and the Regina Coeli the Angelus. The Easter season continues from Easter Sunday to Trinity Sunday inclusive. (etym. Anglo-Saxon Eastre, Teutonic goddess of dawn and spring.)

RESURRECTION OF CHRIST. The rising from the dead of Christ on the third day after his death and burial. Christ's Resurrection is a basic truth of Christianity, which is expressed in all the Creeds and in all rules of faith of the ancient Church. He rose through his own power. The source of his Resurrection was the hypostatic union. The principal cause was the Word of God, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit; the instrumental cause was the parts of Christ's humanity, soul, and body, which were hypostatically united with the Godhead. When Scripture asserts (Acts 2:24; Galatians 1:1) that Christ was raised by God or by the Father, these statements are to be understood as referring to his humanity. All forms of rationalism in ancient and modern times – deceit  hypothesis, apparent death hypothesis, vision hypothesis, symbolism hypothesis – deny Christ's Resurrection. Yet nothing is more central in the faith as attested by Peter's sermon on Pentecost and as defended ever since by the Church's most solemn teaching authority.

The body of the risen Christ was in a state of glory, as is evident from circumstances of the appearances recorded in the Gospels and Acts, and from Christ's supremacy over the limitations of space and time. The risen Christ retained the wounds in his transfigured body as tokens of his triumph over death (John 20:27).

Theologically the Resurrection, unlike the death of Christ, is not the meritorious cause of human redemption. It is the victorious completion of redemption. It belongs to the perfection of redemption and is therefore associated in the Scriptures with Christ's death on the Cross as one complete whole. It is the model and, in the person of the risen Christ, the channel of grace for our spiritual redemption from sin and for our bodily resurrection on the Last Day.

Modern Catholic Dictionary. Hardon, J. 1999.


Strange Events in Europe.  Listen to Sr. Rita Marie explain more about Fatima!

Preparing for May, and a month of devotions to Our Lady, listen to an account of what was happening Portugal at the time of Fatima and how things changed from Our Lady's appearance there.  Sr. Rita Marie S.S.E.W 

close up of Fedor Zubov's icon of Our Lord


A little book of Meditations on the Sacred Heart needs no introduction.  The subject is one that appeals to all — to sinners who long for better things, to those who are struggling along the road to heaven, often with faint hearts and weary steps, as well as to those who are closely united to Our Lord in the bonds of mutual love.

The Devotion to the Sacred Heart is one that has been reserved in its fulness for these later days, when the Church has to do battle not so much against open persecution as against indifference and pride and corroding skepticism.  Against these there is no remedy like that which Jesus Himself taught us: “Learn of Me, for I am meek and humble of heart.”

Written in 1890, timeless and excellent today:

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