Allelula! Easter Celebrates Jesus’ Triumph Over Sin
Fr. John Schmidt, C.Ss.R.
Alleluia! “With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all.” –Acts 4:33
Easter celebrates Jesus’ triumph over sin and the gift of mercy to all people. This is why we spend 50 days celebrating with tremendous joy. Alleluia is the one word that can adequately express our joy. Redemptorists are ‘apostles of conversion’ and we preach forgiveness and mercy. Famously, or maybe infamously, Redemptorists have the reputation of ‘hell fire and brimstone’ preachers. We tried to wake people up. On the other end of fiery preaching was a compassionate understanding in the confessional where people found the love of God. Fear might get their attention, it was love, St. Alphonsus said, by which God captured their hearts.
Easter is about God’s love and mercy that captures our hearts. Redemptorists preach this good news so that people will be converted, believe in the Gospel, really live their baptism and “put on the new self” (Eph. 4:24). A new self is marked by Christ and dedicated to following him. The Redemptorists work at this each day, we know that Christ must be at the center of our lives.
This summer our seminarians deepen their connection to Christ by engaging in pastoral ministry in the Province. They will work in parishes and among the poor to better understand the power of Jesus’ love. If they are called as apostles of conversion, they must know everything Jesus did “in favor of sinners, the poor, the marginalized, the sick, and the suffering, are all meant to teach mercy.” (Pope Francis, 2015)
Please pray for our seminarians who are finishing up the school year and those preparing for summer ministries. Pray for the men entering the novitiate that this year will help them make a vowed commitment to following the Redeemer.
Thank you for your past support, and as you plan your almsgiving for 2019, please include the Co-Redemptorist Association in your regular giving plans.
In Christ the Redeemer,
Father John K. Schmidt, C.Ss.R.
Director, Co-Redemptorist Association
P.S.: Have you considered including the Redemptorists in your estate plans? Through your stewardship, you share in our many Redemptorists ministries. Will you join us on this final journey of Faith? Jim Ruybal, the Director of Redemptorist Mission Advancement, is available to discuss a special legacy gift that can continue the Redemptorists’ work beyond your lifetime. Send him an email, or call at 303-726-0839.