New Life

This week, we celebrate the most important feast day of the Church’s calendar year – the resurrection of Jesus at Easter. Jesus’ resurrection proved that He was God and reminds us of the death and life theme of Christianity. In faith, we believe that after death there is new life with Christ. In fact, we are reminded, that each day, we need to live holistically this death to life mantra. We must die to ourselves each day so as to give life – new life to others. Hence, the new life symbol of the Easter Egg. We must die to personally eliminate greed, selfishness, self-centredness, personal gratification and refocus this energy, granting others new life through lives of love, generosity, forgiveness and thoughtfulness. Fundamentally, Easter reminds us that Christianity is about loving and giving to others – bringing new life to those whom we meet. In doing so, we will be more fulfilled, happier and loved in return. I conclude with the Peace Prayer of St Francis of Assisi. This is the quintessential prayer illustrating this commitment to new life, that will be granted to those who die to themselves so as to give to others.

     Peace Prayer of St Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so
much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

May all members of the St Mary's College family rejoice this Easter season, dying to ourselves so as to give new life to others. Amen

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