We did it! Just about 6 more hours until we’ve reached April vacation. I’m sure that today will be a mix of joy and sadness as the Seniors have their countdown to their final bell this afternoon.
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"And moreover I assure you that every grace you ask from God will infallibly be granted to you. And I shall always be in your midst, helping your prayers."
~ St. Angela Merici, Ninth Counsel
I’ve recently taken to going through my journals, rereading the story of my own life. It’s quite a project--by this point, I’ve filled so many journals that they make up almost a whole shelf of my bookcase.
I hope that you are all having a wonderful start to your week. Happy Wednesday! I ask that you would all keep the 8th grade students and Peer Ministers in your prayers today as they gather together for their class retreat.
Yesterday evening our Muslim brothers and sisters began their holy month of Ramadan, which will last until the evening of May 12.
During Lent we focus on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Ramadan is a similar time for Muslims.
Yesterday, we celebrated one of my favorite days of the year--Divine Mercy Sunday. Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated each year on the first Sunday after Easter. It’s a relatively new feast day, instituted by Pope St. John Paul II in 2000 based on the private revelations of Jesus to St. Faustina. You can learn more about it here.
In today’s gospel, Jesus appears once again to his disciples after his death and resurrection.
Today’s Gospel picks up where yesterday’s Road to Emmaus left off- our two disciples (Cleopas and an unnamed disciple) have returned to Jerusalem to share their experience of the Risen Christ. They joined the other disciples in what was likely the Upper Room.
There are many Gospel stories that I love, but today’s holds a special place in my heart. Today is the story of the Road to Emmaus.
As we welcome many of you back on campus full-time today and prepare to welcome the rest of you in just a few weeks, we find ourselves almost providentially in the season of Easter, a season that rejoices in promises fulfilled and hopes exceeded. How wonderful it is to live in the truth that God can bring life from death, light from darkness, and new beginnings from what appeared to be the end!
Happy Easter! I hope that this email finds you rejoicing in the fulfillment of our hope--the resurrection! Easter reminds us that nothing--no situation, no person, no circumstance--is ever beyond the reach of God. We can hope always and know that God can and will work miracles.