From the desk of Father Donahue...
Peace to you from the rectory and Happy Easter! With the ancient Christians we say to one another: “The Lord is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!” Through Jesus’ Easter victory, we now enjoy the life of grace as Jesus’ friends and disciples. May that new life be yours in abundance on this Easter Day and forever!
To celebrate Easter and our new life in Christ, we have several gifts for you! The first is an audio CD, available one per family in the vestibule, by a well-known Catholic speaker, Matthew Kelly. You will enjoy his passion, humor, and Australian accent. Most of all, you will benefit from his challenge that we all “become the best version of ourselves” through practicing our Catholic faith. The audio CD “The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality” provides concrete steps for us to live Jesus’ Easter victory every day.
As we come to experience the victory of Jesus in our own lives, naturally we want to share that peace with others. Our second gift for you guides us in that wonderful work of sharing and evangelizing. In the vestibule, there is a copy for each parish family of Bishop Loverde’s recent pastoral letter Go Forth with Hearts on Fire. Like a good coach leading his team, Bishop Loverde inspires us to “invite one” to the share in our Catholic life. And like Matthew Kelly’s audio CD, you will find this letter to be a very practical guide to being an evangelizer right here in Northern Virginia.
In the midst of Easter joy, though, we still have an enemy that seeks to destroy the peace we have in Christ. The enemy is sin, and it is something we must contend with until we die. There is a particular sin in society today that is especially ravaging minds and hearts, and in the process undermining our appreciation for the beautiful gift of sexuality and married love. I speak of the scourge of pornography. To fight this scourge, you will also find a copy of Bishop Loverde’s pastoral letter on pornography Bought with a Price. While pulling no punches on the extent of the problem, Bishop Loverde provides great hope and very practical steps to be free of the slavery of pornography. While we ourselves may not be afflicted with this particular problem, I nonetheless encourage you to take a copy, perhaps that you could share with a friend or family member.
As I offer you these gifts, it is my pleasure again to wish you a Happy Easter! May the Risen Lord, and these gifts give you Easter joy forever! “The Lord is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!” St. Philip the Apostle – pray for us!
Your servant in Christ, Fr. Donahue