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Praise and Thanksgiving for God’s Gifts on Easter

April 8, 2012

By Sister Mary Sullivan

Catherine McAuley welcomed the profound goodness revealed on Easter Sunday with joy, and “praise and thanksgiving for God’s gifts.”

Her Journal of Meditations, with which she prayed each day, invited her to set aside “innumerable fancies…trifles and dreams” in favor of “real and solid good,” for “Christ is ready to raise us out of these.”

She prayed, with St. Paul, that “the signs” of her “rising with Christ” might be “to seek and mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth.”  And she trusted that “just as we owe unto him the resurrection of our bodies ‘in the last day,’ so do we now the resurrection and reviving” of our spirits (Journal, 182).

May we today, like Catherine, pray for and experience in our hearts, and in the hearts of all people, this liberating resurrection of our spirits.

Sister Mary has written a book  about the life of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy: The Path of Mercy: The Life of Catherine McAuley. 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ruth Ravey permalink
    April 9, 2012 11:31 am

    Mary: You always point to Catherine’s inner being and bring her alive for all of us. Ruth

  2. Rev.Dr. Peter Abas permalink
    April 12, 2012 12:42 am

    I admire Catherine, she talks about the “inner transformation of a human person” and we need to be inspired by her.
    Peace and Hope,
    Father P.Abas of Borneo Island

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