Dear Mary Star of the Sea Parishioners:
A Blessed Easter to you all. We especially welcome those of you who may be visiting us from out of town.
This is such a joyous season and opportunity to thank Our Blessed Lord for his suffering, death, and
resurrection. He died and rose for each and every one of us. He would do it all over again for the salvation of
each soul so much does He love us. Below is a reflection on Easter by a great Doctor of the Church, St.
Augustine. I hope you enjoy it.
Have a Blessed Week of Easter,
The Easter Alleluia
Our thoughts in this present life should turn on the praise of God, because it is in praising God that we shall
rejoice forever in the life to come; and no one can be ready for the next life unless he trains himself for it now.
So we praise God during our earthly life, and at the same time we make our petitions to him. Our praise is
expressed with joy, our petitions with yearning. We have been promised something we do not yet possess, and
because the promise was made by one who keeps his word, we trust him and are glad; but insofar as possession
is delayed, we can only long and yearn for it. It is good for us to persevere in longing until we receive what
was promised, and yearning is over; then praise alone will remain.
Because there are these two periods of time—the one that now is, beset with the trials and troubles of this life,
and the other yet to come, a life of everlasting serenity and joy—we are given two liturgical seasons, one
before Easter and the other after. The season before Easter signifies the troubles in which we live here and
now, while the time after Easter which we are celebrating at present signifies the happiness that will be ours in
the future. What we commemorate before Easter is what we experience in this life; what we celebrate after
Easter points to something we do not yet possess. This is why we keep the first season with fasting and prayer;
but now the fast is over and we devote the present season to praise. Such is the meaning of the Alleluia we
Both these periods are represented and demonstrated for us in Christ our head. The Lord’s passion depicts for
us our present life of trial—shows how we must suffer and be afflicted and finally die. The Lord’s resurrection
and glorification show us the life that will be given to us in the future.
Now therefore, brethren, we urge you to praise God. That is what we are all telling each other when we say
Alleluia. You say to your neighbor, “Praise the Lord!” and he says the same to you. We are all urging one
another to praise the Lord, and all thereby doing what each of us urges the other to do. But see that your praise
comes from your whole being; in other words, see that you praise God not with your lips and voices alone, but
with your minds, your lives and all your actions.
We are praising God now, assembled as we are here in church; but when we go on our various ways again, it
seems as if we cease to praise God. But provided we do not cease to live a good life, we shall always be
praising God. You cease to praise God only when you swerve from justice and from what is pleasing to God. If
you never turn aside from the good life, your tongue may be silent but your actions will cry aloud, and God
will perceive your intentions; for as our ears hear each other’s voices, so do God’s ears hear our thoughts.