He is Risen!

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Dearest Jesus,

Enrich us in Your inexhaustible compassion. Shower us in Your immeasurable grace. Immerse us in Your boundless mercy, that we may enter Paradise and see You face to Face.

Envelop us in Your ineffable kindness. Illuminate us in Your resplendent light. Fill us with Your childlike laughter, that in Your Life, Death, and Resurrection, we may eternally delight.

Embrace us in Your tender forgiveness. Write us into Your epic story. Emblazon us in Your fiery fervor until with burn with Your everlasting glory.

Empower us in Your infinite goodness. Enliven us with Your sublime joy! And all the beauty, integrity, and purity of our immortal souls, never let us destroy.

Enshroud us in Your Holy Spirit. Overshadow us with Your perfect peace. And like the Celestial Choirs of Angels, never let our awe and wonder cease.

Enwrap us in Your divine intimacy. Cure us from our poisonous pride. Cleanse us in the Precious Blood and Water that gushed forth for us from Your side.

We praise You as our first beginning. We bless You as our final end. For no longer do we call you Creator and King but now also Father and Friend!

We commend to You our future. We confide in You our past. And we thank You for Your Presence in this present moment, which we hope and pray shall perpetually last.

We adore You deep within us. We worship You up above. And though as yet we only see You through the eyes of faith, we believe in Your unfailing, unfathomable, unconditional Love.

In the Love of the Risen Christ,

Your Sinner, Servant, Soldier, Son…
Little Gregory
Your Beloved One

Very early when the sun had risen, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back; it was very large. On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed. He said to them, “Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him.”
-Mark 16:2-6

Today, during the [Mass of the] Resurrection, I saw the Lord Jesus in the midst of a great light. He approached me and said, “Peace be to you, My children,” and He lifted up His hand and gave His blessing. The wounds in His hands, feet and side were indelible and shining. When he looked at me with such kindness and love, my whole soul drowned itself in Him. And He said to me, You have taken a great part in My Passion; therefore I now give you a great share in My joy and glory. The whole time of the Resurrection [Mass] seemed like only a minute to me. A wondrous recollection filled my soul and lasted throughout the whole festal season.
The kindness of Jesus is so great that I cannot express it.”
-Saint Faustina in her Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul (205)


PS- Today’s Image was taken in an open crevice of a stone wall atop Assisi, Italy during a 2015 Rome Pilgrimage I embarked upon via Holy Cross’s Office of Vocations.

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