Seasonal Reflection:  Easter, 2020

by Rosemarie Pace

Reflecting on Peace 


“Do not be afraid!
I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.
He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said."

 

We hear this message in the Gospel at the Easter Vigil, and how much we need it now! So many people
have been afraid—and continue to be afraid. People are afraid of the pandemic that is wreaking havoc on
some people’s health; some people’s jobs, education, and social and emotional lives; even, perhaps,
some people’s faith.

But He is risen! And we are a resurrection people. We, too, will rise. In some ways the pandemic has
raised us up already. So many people are realizing our interdependence in a new and amazing way. So
many people have found creative ways to be there for one another. The Internet provides us with
opportunities to connect and share inspiring prayers, thoughtful reflections, stories of compassion and
generosity, and some very uplifting and very clever humor.

As people of faith, we know the pandemic will pass and all will be well. In the meantime, let us pray that we grow through this crisis and come out better people than we were when it began. Let this virus remind us of our common humanity across social classes, races, nationalities, religions, ages, sexes and sexual orientations, political affiliations, and all other ways we label and divide ourselves. And let us go forth more committed than ever to build the beloved community in which the Peace of Christ reigns.

 



Prayer

 

Loving Father,

burn brighter

...go forth
and set
the world on fire (St. Ignatius Loyola)

we embrace this metaphor
because we believe
our purpose
is inextricably linked
to helping others
clarify and attain theirs

but how do we
set our world on fire
in this age of sickness
uncertainty,
and fear

how do we
serve and lead
when we
are disconnected
from each other
and the physical space
that unifies our team

who will show us
how to press on...

​let us turn
to our God
and
to the sacred light
of the Holy Spirit

that burns
in
each of us

let our spirits
draw closer
to each other
in spite of
the distance
between us
and march boldly
into tomorrow

maybe it helps
to imagine
this time
as a dousing
of gasoline
tossed onto our
already steady
burning flames
of
purpose and love

let this accelerant
consume and quicken us
for the greater good

shine on
my friends
may the bright flames
of our spirits
burning in unison
create a bonfire
that
sparks hope
ignites faith
Illuminates love
and lights the way

in this uncertain age
a time when
our brothers and sisters
yearn for
peace and light
we are called
and stand ready
to do magis
to do more
than we did
​before

to
burn
brighter

by Ray Angle, Assistant Vice President, Career and Professional Development, Gonzaga University,

 



Suggested Actions

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  • - In celebration of Easter and the whole Easter season, reach out to loved ones via phone, e-mail, social media, good old-fashioned letters and cards, and any other way you have to extend Easter wishes for joy, peace, hope, and health.

    - Use the technology you have available to join prayer services, liturgies, vigils, and other opportunities for spiritual uplift. If you don’t have the technology or want a break from it, read, meditate, compose your own prayers, sing favorite hymns, play or listen to music that inspires you, walk in nature as it bursts with the beauty of God’s creation.

    - Choose one way to cultivate your peacemaking whether it’s joining webinars on peace and social justice issues, signing petitions, making calls to legislators, or increasing your knowledge of nonviolence history and practices. And consider donating to a charity that is in need due to the cancellation of events and other means of sustenance, if you can.

    - In hopes that we’ll be out and about before the Easter season is over, keep an eye out for a resumption of public gatherings to pray, study, act, and celebrate.

  • And don't forget to join and stay on top of things through PCMNY’s email action alert network and online at our: website, Facebook page, and Twitter account.

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