During World War II, a young soldier was reported missing in action. As
time went by, with no further information about his whereabouts, the
government duly notified his patents that he was ˇ§presumed to be dead.ˇ¨
You can imagine the deep grief of his heartbroken parents. Whatever hope
they had was now cruelly crushed. This was their only son, brutally
snatched away from them by death, at so young an age.
A few months later, a new message arrived, out of the blue, from the top
military command, telling them their son was not dead but alive, in a
prisoner-of-war camp. It is easier to imagine than describe their sense of
joy and happiness. It was as if their son was dead and had come back to
It is with some of that sadness, suddenly turned into great joy, that we
celebrate the glorious mystery of
Easter. During Lent and especially during Holy Week we relive the events
of centuries ago. The sacred writers tell us how it happened, that Jesus,
the long awaited Saviour, had the life crushed out of him. He died and was
buried. Forty hours later, he was seen alive by a few. Later, he was seen
alive by many. He was seen to be living a new life.
Someone else can explain how cold flesh grew warm again, how a heart
drained of life began to beat again, how arteries and veins opened again
to receive the rush of new blood and purpose. But not you, not me, not
Today is for Alleluias, for promises kept and promises given. He has risen
as he said he would. Today we skip with joy, sing Alleluias and wave the
victory pennant, walking with the Risen Lord into the brave new world of
He has risen to be the firstborn of many sisters and brothers.
Christ has turned all our sunsets into dawns. ~ St. Clement of
This is the day the Lord has made.
This is the most solemn of all solemnities, for on this day the Lord has risen.
(Mass of the Resurrection)
God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us to love. ~ St.
My mind is made up; please do not confuse me with the facts.
Thatˇ¦s the tragedy of a closed mind - it always poses as wisdom.
A pompous CEO was addressing his employees and trying hard to impress
them with his importance, especially with his importance in their working
lives: ˇ§If I die tonight where would you be?ˇ¨
One of the more outspoken employees replied:
ˇ§The question sir, is if you died tonight, where would you be?ˇ¨
In his play, The Cocktail Party, T.S. Eliot had one of his characters
say: ˇ§Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want
to feel important. They donˇ¦t mean to do harm, but the harm does not
interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it, because they are
engaged in an endless struggle to think well of themselves.ˇ¨
Ah, great it is to believe the dream.
As we stand in youth by the starry stream;
But a greater thing is to fight life through ,
And say at the end, ˇ§The Dream is True.ˇ¨ ~ Edwin Markham.
The next buttetin will appear on the weekend of May 6th.
ALIVE AND FREE
A new CD, Alive and Free, has just been released in Canada of live
homilies Fr. Vincent preached in Vancouver. A limited number of copies are
now available in the shop at a special offer of ˘G5.
To each and everyone, we wish the joy and peace of Easter.
8pm: Easter Vigil.
Masses: 7am, 10.30am & 12noon
Mass: 10.30am only.