April 16, 2017 Easter Sunday
April 13, 2017
My Dear Parishioners,
Today we gather around our newly lit Paschal candle. The flame of the Paschal candle leads us, draws us, to You, oh God!
The beautiful words of the Exsultet which proclaimed at the Easter Vigil reminds us, “This is the night that even now, throughout the world, sets Christian believers apart from worldly vices and from the gloom of sin, leading them to grace and joining them to His Holy one.
We pray this Easter, “That the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.”
St. Augustine wrote, “our hearts are restless until they rest in God.” We yearn for something greater than yourselves. We seek a light to guide us through the sometime gloomy circumstances of our daily lives.
When I was a young college seminarian and Fr. Robert Randall taught 2nd year college English, he taught us to appreciate the writings of Saint John Henry Newman. One of Saint Newman’s most popular poems is Lead, Kindly Light.
“Lead, Kindly Light, amidst the encircling gloom,
Lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead thou me on!”