Dear Friends,

Preparing the Paschal Candle

Holy Saturday Liturgy at the Des Plaines provincialate

Alleluia, He is risen! Wow, what a powerful week. My prayer is that you were able to experience the Triduum, especially Easter Sunday, in all its glory. I was able to spend my time on retreat with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. I was so grateful for the prayerful and creative celebrations. I’ve been blessed.

As I thought about all the joy of Easter, I was wondering how many people just don’t have the chance to experience the joy you or I have the grace to experience. What about those who are in war torn countries, those perhaps who may be deported, those who are suffering a serious illness or those who just lost a loved one? And then, there are the folks who get stuck in their own way, perhaps unwilling to change with different situations; those who become set in their ideas and don’t see another’s way; and, those who are trying to dig themselves out of depression.

And yet we are promised JOY, if we believe. Sometimes we just need to get out of our own way. We can’t solve the immigration or war situations but there are things we can do on a personal level if we are missing that joy. For me, it means taking extra time to pray, to do something nice for someone else, to write a note to someone or to visit a friend. Each of us knows how to tap the joy that lives within us. We just need to take the time to do it. Too many people are walking around as if they just left a funeral (I think Pope Francis warned us about this).

We are LOVED by God. He sent His only Son to die for us, who rose from the dead and brings us new hope. So let’s use this week to check our JOY barometer and look at the way we can bring JOY to those we encounter. May your week be joy-filled!

Till next week,

Sr. Theresita

Editor’s note: Sr. Theresita Donach, assistant national vocation director for the CSFNs, shares this weekly reflection via e-mail with a group of women discerning their vocation. If you are interested in joining that online community, please e-mail  or call 847-298-6760 ext. 223.

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