Readings and Reflection for Easter - April 21, 2019

Easter - April 21, 2019

Readings for April 21, 2019

Audio Readings for April 21, 2019

It is finally Easter- the culmination of our liturgical year - our cause for celebration! Yet it seems difficult to imagine celebrating at this time of crisis in our Church and in our world. We are reminded in the second reading(s) this Easter to, “think of what is above, not of what is on earth.” To “clear out the old yeast...the yeast of malice and wickedness” and to celebrate the feast “with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” Our call this Easter is not to forget, ignore, or minimize the evil that has plagued our Church and harmed so many – our call is to cleanse and purify. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus calls us to begin anew in sincerity and truth. To “think of what is above,” is not to abandon those seeking justice and longing for healing, nor to blindly trust those who have caused harm; but rather to leave all that burdens us in the tomb and place our hope in the new life of resurrection in Christ!

God, our Father, never had as His plan a living death for us; He created us for an abundant life of knowing, loving and serving Him. Jesus’ death and resurrection frees us from the weight of our woundedness and offers us the hope of healing.

Jesus, I cannot contain my joy and happiness that You conquered death – Yours and mine! Thank you for freeing me to choose the life God wants for me, to learn ways to live abundantly, love freely, and trust in You. Thank You for Your love of me! Amen. -from The Way: A Healing Retreat for Survivors of Abuse

Sue Stubbs – Archdiocese of Atlanta Elizabeth A. Heidt Kozisek – Diocese of Grand Island

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Mass for Healing and Reparation



Child Abuse Prevention Month as Intentional Catholics

To provide protection and healing in today's world we need to be deliberate and intentional in our actions/ interactions and in the messages we communicate - in our words, through our bodies, and in how we live our lives.  We must not only be deliberately different from individuals who abuse and exploit others, we must be intentionally focused on the care, healing, and protection of others.

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Lectio Divina and Reflections for Child Abuse Prevention Month

In addition to Mass attendance this month, try practicing Lectio Divina with a Sunday or Holy Week reading.  Use the reflections below to help direct your prayer toward healing and protection from abuse.

What is Lectio Divina?

What are the steps of Lectio Divina?

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Readings for April 7, 2019

Audio Readings for April 7, 2019 

Reflection for April 7, 2019

Sunday April 14, 2019 - Palm Sunday

Readings for April 14, 2019

Audio Readings for April 14, 2019

Reflection for April 14, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - Holy Thursday

Readings for April 18, 2019

Audio Readings for April 18, 2019

Reflection for April 18, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019 - Good Friday

Readings for April 19, 2019

Audio Readings for April 19, 2019

Reflection for April 19, 2019

Saturday, April 20, 2019 - Holy Saturday / Easter Vigil

Readings for April 20, 2019

Audio Readings for April 20, 2019

Reflection for April 20, 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - Easter

Readings for April 21, 2019

Audio Readings for April 21, 2019

Reflection for April 21, 2019

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Readings for April 28, 2019

Audio Readings for April 28, 2019

Reflection for April 28, 2019


Pinwheels for Prevention

Why pinwheels?

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