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Matthew H. Clark Matthew H. Clark

Celebrate fully our Lord’s suffering, death, resurrection

On this eve of our annual celebration of the Sacred Triduum — Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter — I express to you and to all of your loved ones my very best wishes for peace and blessings during these days of grace.

Even as I offer you those good wishes I invite you, if it is at all possible for you, to participate as fully as you can in your local parish’s celebration of our Lord’s suffering, death and resurrection. I know that your presence would be a blessing to your parish community. And, I think I can promise you that such participation will be a source of strength and encouragement for you.

It need not be a complicated decision. No intricate preparations are necessary. All that you have to do is decide to be present with the community just as you are, to be open to the movement of God’s grace in your heart, to be willing to respond with a generous heart to whatever the Lord might ask of you.

I am sure that the words and symbols of the ceremonies; the sights, smells and sounds of the rituals; the quiet faith of others in the community will speak to you in some powerful ways, and be of great encouragement to you. Some find a place for and make sense of their struggles when they contemplate the Lord’s suffering. Others come away with a new awareness that we are called to holiness in and through our loving response to life’s daily demands. And all of us, I hope, will experience a renewal of hope and the sense that the Lord’s love is more powerful than and will prevail over any darkness that we could possibly experience.

Whether your circumstances allow you to participate in the celebrations of Holy Week or not, I hope that we can be one in prayer that we all will, through God’s grace, experience a deep spiritual renewal on the Easter feast.

Peace to all.

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