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
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