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Resurrection Moments

March 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Easter, Liturgy, Prayer, Resurrection

Resurrection Moments

My grandmother, whom I affectionately called ‘Meme’ was filled with love. I grew especially close to her since, for the last twenty years of her life, she suffered from near-blindness. I helped her with her mail, her bookkeeping, and when I was old enough to drive, I took her shopping and to Mass. Our conversations were unforgettable, and she taught me so much in those formative years.

When I was a newly professed Carmelite Sister, I received word that she was dying. My whole body trembled when I said goodbye to her on the phone. Her last words to me were “I love you and I’ll be SEEING you soon!” Those words of faith, hope and love gave me just what I needed: something and someone to hold on to. As I walked the retreat house grounds alone and began to pray the rosary, the words ‘life everlasting’ of the Creed suddenly broke in to my consciousness with a force that took my breath away. These were Resurrection moments for me, when the Lord allowed me to gaze at the magnitude of the gift of eternal life.

CharlesDeLaFosseChristAppearingToMaryMagdalene4WGA12307It’s like this in the Gospels too. The Lord gives to each one exactly what is needed according to the uniqueness of the person. To Mary Magdalene, who witnessed the horror of the crucifixion and was overwhelmed with anguish, the Lord was there, whispering her name “Mary!” in that same familiar comforting tone that she thought was forever gone. To Thomas, confused, separated from the group, lashing out in the defensive unbelief of dashed dreams, Our Lord presented, ever so gently his torn yet radiant Flesh: “Believe”. To the women, overwhelmed with grief, He had only one necessary word for them that changed everything: “Rejoice!” To the apostles in the Upper Room, fearful, guilty, doubting and disturbed, He came with the gift that epitomizes the blessings of the New Covenant: “Shalom.” “My Peace I give you.”

Jesus comes to each one of us this Easter season with exactly the word that we need…something and Someone that we can hold onto. Spend some time with the Word that He wishes to speak to your heart and let it sink in to experience your own Resurrection Moments.

Art:  Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene, Charles de La Fosse, between 1680 and 1685, PD-US life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.


Previously published by the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.  Used with permission.

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PROMOTING A DEEPER SPIRITUAL LIFE THROUGH HEALTHCARE, EDUCATION AND RETREATS. The way of life of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles is rooted in the Gospel, the Church, and the spirituality of Carmel as lived out through the charism of our foundress, Venerable Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament. In His merciful goodness, God has graced our Institute with the Carmelite charism which has its foundation in a long history and living tradition. Our vocation is a grace by which contemplation and action are blended to become an apostolic service of the Church as we promote a deeper spiritual life among God's people through education, healthcare, and spiritual retreats. We are called by God to be a presence inflamed within our world, witnessing to God's love through prayer, joyful witness and loving service. Our mission flows from each sister's profound life of prayer as Mother Luisita, our foundress, wrote, "the soul of each Carmelite raises herself to Christ, Who is her heaven, while her shadow falls in charity upon earth doing good to all people."

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  • LizEst

    Our prayers for EWTN, the National Catholic Register and the Poor Clare Sisters on the death of Mother Mary Angelica, foundress of EWTN, who died yesterday, on Easter Sunday. May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    • Patricia

      Well here, right before our eyes is a Resurrection moment:

      Mother Angelica went to her eternal life on the
      Day of the Resurrection,
      Third Day of the Divine Mercy Novena

      “Today bring to Me all Devout and Faithful Souls,
      and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy.
      These souls brought me consolation on the Way of the Cross.
      They were a drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness.”

      • marybernadette


    • marybernadette

      Wow, what a wonderful example of a life lived to the full. As a witness to the love and mercy of Christ, Mother Angelica left a great legacy. No co-incidence here, dying on Easter Sunday. May she rest in the loving arms of the whole Heavenly court. Amen.

  • Patricia

    Usually, gospel accounts of an event are similiar to provide credibility and support from four perspectives. But the four gospel accounts of the Resurrection are very different from each other, each emphasizing the experience of a different person. They illustrate the point made in this posting and in general…Jesus comes to meet and be with each of us in a most personal and intimate way.
    Many are praying the Divine Mercy novena now. I have always loved to look at the feet of Jesus in the image, walking towards us first, hands ready to bless us. He comes to each of us to offer us His eternal life daily in Communion, in prayer, and many other special ways!
    I know we can’t do this here but it would be an awesome list if we each thought of even one time when Jesus came to us, personally!
    But each of us can make our own list! It would be a great reflection for Easter week!

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