We Are An Easter People!

Easter morning has passed, the tomb is empty, and the celebrations we had in our new small way have come to a close. We as a world may have not found our collective Easter Sunday yet, but that does not mean joy cannot ring as loud as the church bells on Sunday morning.

We are an Easter People! 

We are an Easter People! 

No events of the world can take that Truth away from us. No events of the world can take away Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection. No events of the world can put out the light that shines only because of Christ. 

Our Lenten Journey was not what we expected. Our Holy Week strange and unknown. Our Easter lacking in its usual earthly splendor. For me, it was an Easter without the usual beautiful holy moments, yet it still held joy, hope, and beauty. It was an Easter without Hughes Chocolates (oh how I miss you!) and without the great music that fills the church, yet, it was an Easter of hope. I recognized many friends finding new ways to make Easter special this year. We need that! I saw families still dress up and call in family that could not physically be at the table to share a meal. I saw parents find new traditions filled with laughter and fun. I saw families come together in prayer and share with friends how it brought the family closer together. I saw people get creative, prayerful, and seek light in the darkness. This brings us hope. This shows us that Christ’s death and resurrection still live in our hearts with the recognition of the gift and beauty of that act. This brings joy, as it brings color to our strange world. This brings faith as we find new ways to grow in faith when the very strength of that faith is being challenged. 

I invite all of you to continue this journey of faith through the Easter Octave and Season, for it is this time, without a day set aside when we risk losing what we have gained, what we have created. So when the glimmer of Easter starts to fade, remember, “Do not abandon yourself to despair. We are Easter people and Hallelujah is our song.” – JPII

I will see you later this week when our regular Dementia Letters posts resume. Thank you for walking this Lenten Journey with me.

Published by Kathryne Fassbender

Creative Gerontologist, Speaker, Catholic Innovator. I am also the granddaughter of someone who lived with Vascular Dementia.

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