Now that Easter Sunday has passed, do you still feel that joyful spirit? Whether it’s two days, two weeks, or two months since the Easter season began, it’s important to carry that joy with you wherever you go.
As St. John Paul II said, “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!”
It’s the truth! But as nice as that sounds, it’s not always so simple.
“After a certain while, the Easter honeymoon is over but … Easter isn’t just a date that we remember, it’s a fact that redefines everything else. The world, the flesh, and the devil conspire to blind us, deafen us, numb us to the fact that Christ is Risen is the most important truth in all of creation,” said Fr. Robert McTeigue on Morning Air.
What if you’re just not feeling joyful? What if things are weighing on your heart or you are struggling with the darkness of the world around you?
“I don’t think that trying to gin up emotions is going to do us very much good,” explained Fr. McTeigue. “We have to learn to live in the light of the truth. The truth is we are loved sinners who have been redeemed by God at a terrible cost to Himself. And we know, because Christ is risen, that sin and death are not the final say on the human story … and that’s going to liberate us and free us to love, to sacrifice, to witness, and to live and die with good reason and peace.”
When you’re having a difficult time keeping the Easter spirit alive in your heart and your home, turn to Christ. He wants us to come to Him with our worries and our burdens, not try to grapple with them on our own. He is always with us.
“St. Augustine said that God is closer to us than we are to ourselves. Granted, sometimes we don’t feel it and when we’re not feeling it we have to ‘man up’ and live it anyway,” Fr. McTeigue said.
It takes faith to make this happen. “[God] says Christ is risen—this was testified to by the apostles, handed on by the Church through the centuries, through the saints and the martyrs at great cost,” he continued. “And now that living flame has been enkindled in my heart. I want to recognize that nothing in this world can extinguish it and I want to help plant the seed of that flame of hope in other peoples’ lives.”
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