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Greater than we know

"And now, to conclude, for it is hardly befitting on this Day to speak much, when God has done His greatest work. Let us think of it and of Him. Let us rejoice in the Day which He has made, and let us be "willing in the Day of His Power." This is Easter Day. Let us say this again and again to ourselves with fear and great joy. As children say to themselves, "This is the spring," or "This is the sea," trying to grasp the thought, and not let it go; as travellers in a foreign land say, "This is that great city," or "This is that famous building," knowing it has a long history through centuries, and vexed with themselves that they know so little about it; so let us say, This is the Day of Days, the Royal Day, the Lord's Day. This is the Day on which Christ arose from the dead; the Day which brought us salvation. It is a Day which has made us greater than we know. It is our Day of rest, the true Sabbath. Christ entered into His rest, and so do we. It brings us, in figure, through the grave and gate of death to our season of refreshment in Abraham's bosom. We have had enough of weariness, and dreariness, and listlessness, and sorrow, and remorse. We have had enough of this troublesome world. We have had enough of its noise and din. Noise is its best music. But now there is stillness; and it is a stillness that speaks. We know how strange the feeling is of perfect silence after continued sound. Such is our blessedness now. Calm and serene days have begun; and Christ is heard in them, and His still small voice, because the world speaks not. Let us only put off the world, and we put on Christ. The receding from one is an approach to the other. We have now for some weeks been trying, through His grace, to unclothe ourselves of earthly wants and desires. May that unclothing be unto us a clothing upon of things invisible and imperishable! May we grow in grace, and in the {104} knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, season after season, year after year, till He takes to Himself, first one, then another, in the order He thinks fit, to be separated from each other for a little while, to be united together for ever, in the kingdom of His Father and our Father, His God and our God."John Henry Newman, "Difficulty of Realizing Sacred Privileges," Parochial and Plain Sermons, vol. 6.

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I see a good deal of the same pastoral emphasis in Newman's sermons as in those of Pope Francis.

It is our Day of rest - not when you're cooking for many. But now there is stillness - not when everybody's grumpy from going to church...

God and I know that I am an idiot. Cook for as many as you possibly can ... tomorrow, there will be stillness. God bless!

Needless to say [I think], grumpiness for me is a perpetual state. I haven't been forced to go to church in, well, 50 years.

Helen, I fail to see.

The world needs people like Ms. Claire. But in my humble opinion it needs people of other kinds too.

Tx Michael. Stillness today, yes.

Ms. Claire, God bless!

Restless souls might be similarly agitated. Tomorrow will soon be upon us. Please rest as easily as you possibly can. I know I will attempt the same.

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Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York.