Pope Francis is requesting that during this month of May the entire Church invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the end of the pandemic and, in a special way, he is inviting all of us to pray fervently for those most closely affected by it.
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“There is no need for alarm. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he has risen“. Mark 16:6
Easter celebrates new life, may we all appreciate the life we have received through Baptism.
In this Easter Season we rejoice in Christ as he is Risen from the dead. On the first day of the week when the women went to the tomb their whole lives changed. Their relationship with Jesus changed. Their relationship with others changed. The Women receive new beginnings, new life and a new mission. They cannot return to the old order, to the way things were done before. New life has come through the darkest of days, eternal joy has come through death. There is a new purpose to their lives. They are called into discipleship.
When we are Baptised, we receive, a new beginning, a new life and a new mission. We are called into discipleship and our lives are ever being challenged to spread the news that Jesus is risen. When this Pandemic is over we have new beginnings, a new life, a new mission. The old order is gone, a new one begins. How will we take up the challenge of sharing the joy of the resurrection in our day. How will we go about living our discipleship. May this Easter enable of us to grow in our relationship with Jesus and one another through the Spirit that lives within us in Baptism.
1st May – Feast Day of St. Joseph;
Pope Francis states:
Every day, for over forty years, following Lauds I have recited a prayer to Saint Joseph taken from a nineteenth-century French prayer book of the Congregation of the Sisters of Jesus and Mary. It expresses devotion and trust, and even poses a certain challenge to Saint Joseph:
Glorious Patriarch Saint Joseph,
whose power makes the impossible possible,
come to my aid in these times of anguish and difficulty.
Take under your protection the serious and troubling situations
that I commend to you, that they may have a happy outcome.
My beloved father, all my trust is in you.
Let it not be said that I invoked you in vain,
and since you can do everything with Jesus and Mary,
show me that your goodness is as great as your power. Amen.