Bishop Báez, preaching on the encounter of the Risen Christ with his disciples offers a timely commentary: "The Risen Christ always frees us and opens up horizons of mercy. Whoever believes in him and welcomes him always receives forgiveness as a gift..."
St. John of the Cross offers a profound commentary on Christ's resurrection appearance to Mary Magdalene outside the tomb, when she mistook him for the gardener. "This inebriation and urgent longing of love prompted her to ask the man she thought was the gardener if he had stolen him and, if he had, to tell her where he had put him so she could take him away..."
On Easter Sunday, 17 April 2022, Father General Miguel Márquez Calle sent video greetings to the entire Order from Bucha, Ukraine. From the burial ground where the friars had just prayed for the dead, he wished to extend resurrection greetings: "to all the Order we wish you a Happy Easter where death does not have the last word." Watch his video with our English subtitles.
Out of the thank-you letters that St. Edith Stein wrote after her first profession, her letter to Mother Petra Brüning is touching: "out of the great riches of grace on this Easter day, I let all those have a share who have given me something of their heart to take along into Carmel." We explain some of the customs that Edith mentions in her letter.
We celebrate the birth of St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi with an excerpt from the English translation of Father Fabrini's biography concerning the grace of Easter 1590. We also explore the story of the translator, Father Antonio Isoleri, pastor of the first Italian National parish in the USA, St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Church in Philadelphia.
The Risen Jesus always draws us back to life, gives us hope, and gives us the strength not to fall along the way.
Magdalen, first to drink the fountained Christ