April 16, 2017

Friends,

I want to wish all of our parishioners at the 3 parishes of the Blue Hills Collaborative a Happy Easter on behalf of Fr. Charles, myself and the staff. We look forward to celebrating the Resurrection with so many wonderful families from Most Precious Blood, St Pius X and St Anne Parishes. How blessed we are to know that it is our faith in God, the Resurrection of Christ and the presence of God’s Spirit that brings us together.

When we are in Church Holy Saturday or Easter Sunday it is evident that we are celebrating our belief that there is life after this life. The atmosphere in the church and among the congregation is very indicative of a strong faith in what we cannot see. The impact of this Easter celebration is felt even more when we as individuals or as a family, face the death of a loved one. It is then that we really appreciate the true meaning of the Resurrection. We know that God doesn’t bring about the death, but when the death takes place, God brings about the Resurrection, the new life, the reason to go on living despite the fact that we are devastated.

There are many people who don’t share our belief in the afterlife. I respect their right to come to their own conclusion. I just know how blessed I am to be invited into someone’s life when they are mourning the loss of a family member, friend or loved one. To be able to offer them support and hope is truly a privilege. As Catholic Christians we celebrate our belief that Jesus rose from the dead and that we too will one day celebrate new life in the presence of God. An honest discussion with family and friends would undoubtedly reveal very different understandings of what that truly means. These various opinions are summed up best for me in the following words; “We may not know what is beyond the grave, but we do know who.”

Hopefully at some time during this Holy Day you will be seated at a table surrounded by those you love. Take a moment to look around and appreciate the privilege we have of passing on our faith to future generations.

There are not a lot of things that are non-negotiable in my life, but one of these is my belief in the Resurrection. My passions and conviction about New Life are the result of a lot of reading, studying, conversation, prayer and soul searching. To celebrate my faith with you on this Easter Day is a gift in my life. Thank you for joining us.

Happy Easter!
Fr. Ron Coyne

 

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