Address on the Sunday of the Resurrection
the Bishops, regular clergy, and faithful of the Anglican Rite Roman
Catholic Church, greetings and Apostolic Blessings on this Sunday of
the Resurrection, in the Year of Our Lord 2012. We celebrate today
with the whole Church throughout the world the resurrection of our
Lord Jesus Christ. It is the conquering of death for each and every
one of us. When our Lord hung upon the Cross and cried out "It
is finished," the salvation of the world had just begun. The
sting of death had been taken away, and the grace had been robbed of
its victory. Christ came to fulfill the prophecies, and this was
done. God's message of love, peace, and salvation would soon be taken
to the four corners of the world, for Christ came to save all people,
regardless of origin, status, or nationality.
Easter Sunday is always a time of great joy and celebration. Yet,
many forget that there can be no Easter without Good Friday. How many
of the people come to fill the churches on Easter Sunday, but do not
come to the liturgy for Good Friday. We often wish to experience all
the joys of Christ without understanding the suffering on the Cross.
We often wish to look upon Christ only as the Risen Lord while
ignoring the pains and sorrows of the Blessed Virgin as she stood
watching him hang upon the Cross. Some will say that they acknowledge
the Passion, but prefer to think upon the Resurrection. Some prefer
to dwell only on what they perceive to be happy things. However, in
order to achieve eternal life, we must all take up our own cross and
follow the Lord. We must all join in his sacrifice and die to the
world, for the conquering of death comes through death. We cannot
rise anew in Christ without having died to the world. There is no
Easter without the Passion and Death of Good Friday.
have now passed through the hours in which Christ lay in the tomb. We
have come to the happy discovery that the tomb is empty and our Lord
has risen indeed. Today
joyous day indeed. Just as the sacrifice on the Cross was not merely
an historical event that took place long ago, but is a true and
living Sacrifice experienced to this day, the Resurrection is also
not merely an historical event relegated to the depths of history
books on world events. Both the Passion and the Resurrection were
physical and spiritual. While the event in the physical sense
happened in the historical past, the spiritual aspects continue on,
knowing neither time nor space. The Resurrection is a miraculous joy
that we do not simply commemorate each year on Easter Sunday. We do
not just say that Christ rose from the dead, but that Christ is
risen. If must allow ourselves to experience the Resurrection rather
than simply celebrating that it once happened. To experience the
Resurrection ourselves is an act of the spirit. It is the annual
renewal of our own selves in Christ, having died to the world.
we approach a critical time in world history, rebirth in Christ
becomes even more essential. Secularism has long been taking over
society. Socialist tendencies have long been infiltrating and
dominating governments around the world. Profit has become the
almighty pursuit for many, regardless of the cost, while the plight
of the poor, the afflicted, and the suffering go largely unnoticed
and ignored. A society that has largely rejected Christ seeks to deny
religious freedom and individual freedom. Yes, it is tremendously
important that people take Christ into their hearts and experience
true conversion. Through individual conversion, we may conquer the
enemies of the Church and of almighty God.
that which is of the world and serves the ends of the world is by its
very nature not of Christ and inherently opposed to Christ. All that
which is opposed to Christ is of Satan and hence evil. The people of
God must fight evil wherever possible, facing it with a sense of
courage that can only come from having joined with Christ in His holy
Sacrifice. We must all do our part to fight the evils of the world.
Governmental tyranny, the unholy murder of unborn children, religious
persecution, and attacks against conscience must not go unchallenged.
The faithful cannot simply pass responsibility to others or be
absolved of responsibility simply because they themselves have not
directly participated in the evil. Those who say nothing when they
can say something in opposition give tacit approval to evil. Those
who do nothing when they can do something, no matter how difficult or
uncomfortable it may be, provide indirect support to evil. The
Christian faith is a faith of action. If we do not put our faith into
action, we cannot legitimately call ourselves Christian.
Today as we celebrate the victory over the grave, we must not forget
that there is still work for the servants of Christ to perform.
America is gripped by a regime bent on destroying individual freedom,
religious freedom, and indeed the very Church herself. Great Britain
and Europe have long been under the heavy veil of socialism and more
recently suffering the ill effects of Muslim infiltration. China and
other communist nations of the world continue to oppress their
people, not respecting life, but considering human beings to be
nothing more than property of the State. The poor on every continent
continue to be exploited for the financial gain of others. Undeniably
there is much work for the Christian people to do. The faith of the
Risen Lord is a faith that must continually be put into action. The
true and living God demands a true and living faith among the people.
Even in the wealthiest nations of the world, many are hurting and
many are struggling in this time of global financial crisis.
Widespread unemployment has left an alarming number of people in the
position of not being able to provide for themselves and for their
families. Some governments, including the current administration of
the United States, seek to replace the role of the Church and of
Christian people in tending to the poor and those in need with the
government, making the government the savior of the people rather
than the true Savior, Jesus Christ. Certainly this cannot be allowed
to happen. We must all ask ourselves if we are doing all that we can
to provide for the real needs of others.
Lastly, we wish to remark on the state of worker priests and worker
clerics. Those who have accepted the call of God to His holy
ministry, but still retain appropriate occupation in the secular
workplace in order to provide for their just temporal needs without
being a burden to others face special challenges of meeting their
spiritual obligations, particularly with respect to the Holy Mass and
the Divine Offices. Yet, these challenges can and are being met by
worker priests with a delightful resolve. It is pleasing to see
priests and clerics in minor orders out in government, universities,
and appropriate private commerce. By having officials of the Holy
Church employed out in the world, the reach of the message of Jesus
Christ may be expanded. In this way, worker priests help to combat
the secularization of society today.
we pray especially during this Easter Season for an increase in
vocations, not only to the Sacred Priesthood of Christ, but also to
the Minor Orders. For far too long the Minor Orders have been in a
state of neglect, being viewed as merely stepping-stones to the
priesthood or forgotten altogether. There is great value in the
ministry of each specific level of the Minor Orders, however, and we
are resolved to see them flourish again that the work of Christ's
Holy Church may be multiplied.
Through the prayers and merits of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Blessed
Michael the Archangel, Blessed John the Baptist, the Holy Apostles
Peter and Paul, and all the Saints, may Almighty God have mercy on
you, forgive you your sins, and bring you to everlasting life. R.
Almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, + absolution, and
remission of all your sins, time for a true and fruitful penance, an
always repentant heart and amendment of life, the grace and
consolation of the Holy Spirit, and final perseverance in good works.
the Blessing of Almighty God, + Father, + Son, and Holy + Ghost, be
upon you and remain with you always. R. Amen.
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