Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary of the Angels,
Christ has risen and has conquered death with the full freedom of Love… Alleluia!
We give thanks that God would love us so much that he would send his only-begotten Son to come and die for us. And by Christ’s death and resurrection he teaches us about the meaning of our own freedom, and what it means to love. As Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz recently wrote in a pastoral letter to all the Opus Dei faithful:
To discover the deepest meaning of freedom, we have to contemplate [Christ]. We are amazed to see the freedom of a God who, out of pure love, decides to abase himself by taking on flesh like ours. We see this freedom unfold throughout his steps on earth towards the sacrifice of the Cross. “I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord” (John 10:17-18). Human history has never witnessed an act as deeply free as our Lord’s self-giving on the Cross. “He gives himself up to death with the full freedom of Love” (Letter, January 9, 2018 n3, quoting St. Josemaría).
Love is repaid by love. If Jesus loves us by the total gift of himself on the Cross, then he is calling each one of us to respond with the full gift of ourselves to him, to exercise our freedom fully, to give ourselves without reserve out of love for him. We ask St. Mary of the Angels to teach us how to love, with a love that gives itself away! This is our parish motto!
As we are a family, we pray for you and your loved ones at Holy Mass and in our prayers. Thank you for yours and for your time and financial support for St. Mary of the Angels. Especially pray for our For All Generations campaign as we try to raise an “impossible” goal needed to finish the restoration of our church. Yet Christ tells us: “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). So pray with us for the impossible.
Have a Happy and Blessed Easter!
St. Mary of the Angels Priests, Deacon, and Staff
Fr. John R. Waiss
Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Lord,
This year’s Easter gospel comes to us from Saint Matthew. He describes Easter morning. Women go to the tomb at dawn on the first day of the week. An angel appears and speaks to them: “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. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples.”
In these words, we find the essential Easter message directed to each one of us today in our uncertain world and amid the painful burdens we carry: do not be afraid, come and see, go and tell.
Easter eases our fear when we come to know God’s triumph in the resurrection of Jesus. Easter invites us to come and see with fresh eyes what God has done in conquering sin and death. Easter summons us to go and share our faith and hope with others.
When we hear this message and recognize Jesus Christ as the Risen Lord of life, how can we not praise and thank God? How can we not walk together with new confidence and hope? In a time when violence and death-dealing forces seem rampant in the world and even in our own neighborhoods, we truly need new confidence and hope. And when we listen to the Lord, as we have been trying to do in the Archdiocese of Chicago, to seek directions for the renewal of our local Church, we surely need new confidence and hope.
Pray with me that we may all truly hear the words-do not be afraid, come and see, go and tell-and so draw new life from them for our loved ones, our world, our city and metropolitan area, our Church, and our very selves.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
Archbishop of Chicago
Easter is a most joyous day, because it is the day of our Savior’s Resurrection! Yet, contemplating the price that our Lord had to pay for our salvation, makes our hearts heavy. Even today, Christians are following Christ even unto death, witnessing to their love for him by the price of their own lives. Let us pray for all persecuted Christians in Egypt, Syria, Iraq and other lands of recent martyrdom and exile. May the seeds of the martyrs’ blood bear fruit in our own land and in our parish, moving each one of us with desires to become generous saints.
The Priests, Deacon and Parish Staff wish you and your family a very Happy and Blessed Easter!
Fr. John R. Waiss