“Mothers write on the hearts of their children what the rough hand of the world cannot erase.”
“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of thing which matter least.”

~Goethe
In just a few hours our Lenten journey will come to an end with the glorious celebration of Jesus' Resurrection from the dead. We cannot understand it, but with the gift of faith, we still believe. However successful your journey has been, know that we have all walked, stumbled, fallen and gotten back up again together and now together we will celebrate and be joyful. I wish each one of you a very Happy Easter Day.

Please feel free to send these writings on to your friends and family if you wish. They are written to be shared. May God bless you as we now will wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

Love,
Cathy

REFLECTION FOR EASTER SUNDAY 2014
By Cathy Goretsky

Well, the glorious day is just about here! When the sun again rises, the Son will rise! Jesus has victory over death so that we may live with Him for all eternity.

It’s time for self-assessment about how we “kept” Lent. Some of us will be discouraged. Some will be satisfied with their efforts, but for those of us who may be feeling discouraged, here are a few words from a song I heard just a while ago on the local Christian radio station. “His love never fails. It never runs out. It never gives up on me.” Those are definitely words to remember as we come to the end of the penitential season. In the Catholic tradition of the Stations of The Cross, we see Jesus fall three times. He had been scourged. He had been beaten, yet each time He struggled to his feet, setting an example for us when we fall. For those of us who have been successful in maintaining their Lenten sacrifices, good job! You have experienced a victory over self and that is difficult to accomplish.

Whatever our sacrifices have been, each of them is a gift of love to God. He is a patient and loving God, so be encouraged no matter how successful you have been. A couple of weeks ago at morning Mass, Father said that if getting up a bit early to attend a daily Mass has been part of your Lenten sacrifice, why not continue it? I believe that it would be beneficial to each of us to take a look at what our Lenten penance has been and consider continuing it all through the year, if that is possible.

On Good Friday, Jesus said “It is finished.” In just a few hours, Lent will be finished. What will be our thoughts and our practices as we continue forward to summer, then fall, and then once again we will begin to unpack our Christmas decorations. We will light the Advent candles and gaze upon that tiny baby in the manger. This is the cycle of our spiritual life, as birth to death is our physical life cycle.

May we all experience the joy of Jesus’ Resurrection as we celebrate Easter Sunday. We will continue to pray for one another and we will remember that verse from Isaiah: “I the Lord, your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, Fear Not, I am the one who helps you.”

Happy Easter with Love,
Cathy

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“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast, you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”

~ Eddie Cantor

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