The Easter season is truly a glorious time in the life of the Roman Catholic Church!
Hopefully we have emerged from the journey of Lent and the Sacred Triduum renewed in our faith and reformed within our hearts.
Our fifty-day journey of the Easter season is the celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection and Our Lord's victory over sin and death. The Easter season reveals our Risen Lord's appearances to His disciples and close friends which offer hope to them and to us all.
Within the Catholic Church's celebration of the Easter season, we see visible signs of new life. These signs are more than seeing the beautiful decorations and Easter flowers, but seeing a new "spiritual life" emerging in the lives of people.
Several examples are the new members entering the Catholic faith who have journeyed through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), those youth who will make their First Holy Communion, those who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, and even those men who will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders.
It is important for each one of us to be aware of the opportunities offered to us during the Easter season to renew and enrich our faith. May this Easter season be a blessed time for us all.
Let us joyfully and courageously live and proclaim, "Jesus is risen and Jesus is alive!"
Rev. David Edwards
Pastor, St. James Catholic Church