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Happy Easter!

from the Provincial's desk

Rev. Gregory Hoppough, CSS, Superior ProvincialDear Friends of the Stigmatines,

A very Blessed and Happy Easter to you! Thank you for visiting our website.

With Easter, we begin a Season that continues for some 50 Days - until Pentecost. We rejoice in our Savior and His deep love for us. In his Resurrection, He offers us new life and hope.

A brief reflection on this great event of our salvation reminds us of many important considerations for our spiritual lives. Mary Magdalene came back to Jesus' tomb in the dark of early morning on the first day of the week. Her heart searches for His presence. In the Gospel of Matthew, the day arrives dramatically for her and the other women. As the earth quakes an angel rolls away the stone, sits on it, and from his radiance announces: "Do not be afraid!... Jesus is not here, for He has been raised just as He said" (Matthew 28.5-6).

Mary and the women believe and are sent to announce the good news to the others, meeting Jesus on the way. As we celebrate Easter, we believe that Jesus is risen and we, too, are sent to bring the good news to everyone in the pathways of our lives. We are "sent" in the Holy Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation - to announce the Gospel by faithful lives of love and service.

This is why we renew our baptismal commitment on Easter - to believe in Jesus risen and with us, even though we do not see Him. Christ is a hidden presence; our lives are "hidden with Him in God" (Colossians 3.3). 

The Stigmatines celebrate the Glorious Wounds of our Savior, the "Trophies of His victory over sin and death", and we announce to all the great message of salvation. As we do so, we ask for your continued prayers - especially for vocations to the Stigmatine religious life and priesthood. 

We hope you enjoy your visit to our website. Please know that you are remembered at all our Easter Masses - and in our prayers over these great 50 Days.

God's blessings - and a joyous Easter!

The Stigmatine Fathers of Holy Spouses' Province



Last Updated: March 30, 2015