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IMG_0709Christ is Risen, Alleluia! He is truly Risen, Alleluia!

Click through a slideshow of photos of our Pilgrimage to Rome at the bottom of this page.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” Can we hear Jesus saying these words to us? It’s often easier for us to imagine the apostles hearing this consoling command and following it, than to think of it really applying to us. After all, Jesus was standing right there with them. Can he really expect us, two thousand years later, not be troubled by the cares of life? But the fact is that the gift Jesus was giving to his disciples, he has also given to us: “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name.”

Jesus told them that peace would be theirs, and it can also be ours. Peace is, in fact, one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, along with love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity. These fruits don’t come from us. These fruits come from God straight into our souls through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Through our baptism and confirmation, Jesus gives us the gift of his Spirit. And then his peace, and so many other gifts can truly become ours if we open our hearts to them.

“Let us turn in prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of our faith. Mother, help our faith! Open our ears to hear God’s Word and so recognize his voice and call.
Awaken in us a desire to follow in his footsteps, to go forth from our own land and to receive his promise.
Help us to be touched by his love, that we may touch him in faith. Help us to entrust ourselves fully to him and to believe in his love, especially at times of trial, beneath the shadow of the cross, when our faith is called to mature.
Sow in our faith the joy of the Risen One.
Remind us that those who believe are never alone.
Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus, that he may be light for our path.
And may this light of faith always increase in us, until the dawn of that undying day
Which is Christ himself, your Son, our Lord! (Pope Francis).

Have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love! Mary, Mother of Divine Mercy, pray for us!

Joyfully in the Lord,

Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish
Belmar, NJ

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