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Do Not Be Afraid

Director’s Reflection

Dear Companions on the Journey,

When Jesus was raised from the dead, the first thing He said in almost every appearance was, “Do not be afraid!”  So I find this urging from St. Francis de Sales particularly timely (St. Francis is one of our Paulist Patrons):

Do not look forward in fear
to the changes in life; rather, look to them
With full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,
will lead you safely through all things;
And when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in His arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same understanding Father
who cares for you today
will take care of you then and every day.

He will either shield you from suffering
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace, and put aside
all anxious thoughts and imaginations. Amen.

Or in 1965, Dorothy Day, another great Paulist Center patron, observed,

“Paperwork, cleaning the house, dealing with the innumerable visitors who come all through the day, answering the phone, keeping patience and acting intelligently, which is to find some meaning in all that happens – these things, too, are the works of peace.”

And, finally, how very grateful we all are for the extraordinary gifts, energy, and time of our musicians, art and environment folks, lectors, sacristans, dancers, Eucharistic ministers, greeters, and everyone else who contributed to an extraordinarily beautiful and faith-filled Holy Week.  We are indeed blessed.  Thank you!

What do you think?  Happy Easter!

And let us pray for/with one another.
The Paulist Center