Dear Kianna: How can I deepen my faith this Easter season and celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord? – Looking for Inspiration
Dear Looking: As Easter draws near, this is a time to meditate on the mystery of Christ’s sacrifice and our salvation.
I’ve always been a huge fan of superhero movies, where the valiant hero sweeps down and saves the city. There is something so comforting about being saved and knowing you are protected.
Think about it: Jesus is the ultimate superhero! He is the savior of the world. But unlike other superheroes, Jesus doesn’t use violence to defeat evil; he doesn’t attack or even fight back. Christ saves us completely through love, mercy and self-sacrifice. By shedding his own blood, he rescues from Satan, washes away our sins and opens the way to eternal life.
This Easter, I invite you to renew your commitment to Christ and consecrate your entire being to his Sacred Heart — the image of Jesus’ sacrificial, merciful, unrelenting love. The Sacred Heart is a beautiful and fitting devotion for the Easter season, since it represents the bleeding heart of Christ, who sheds his blood on the cross for all of humanity.
I encourage you to pray this traditional act of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus from St. Margaret Mary Alacoque:
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I consecrate and offer myself, my person and my life, my actions, pains and sufferings, so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being other than to honor, love and glorify the Sacred Heart. This is my unchanging purpose, to belong entirely to you, and to do all things for the love of you, at the same time renouncing whatever is displeasing to you.
I therefore take you, O Sacred Heart, to be the only object of my love, the guardian of my life, my assurance of salvation, the remedy of my weakness, the atonement for all my faults, and my sure refuge at the hour of death. Amen.
Easter is also a time to be with loved ones and celebrate the miracle of Christ in our lives. As God “has reconciled us to himself through Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:18), remember that Jesus calls each of us to the path of love and reconciliation. Tell your family and friends that you love and cherish them. Life is too short to hold grudges. Perhaps you have been hurt by a family member or have a rocky relationship with a friend. Pray about this — Our Lord may be calling you to forgive, apologize or make amends this Easter season. In his holy name, love and goodness will prevail!
I pray that we all may be open to the workings of Our Lord this Easter season, so that we may continue to be transformed by his grace.
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Northwest Catholic - April 2020
Kianna Garmanian is the youth minister at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bothell. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kianna Garmanian es Ministra para Jóvenes en la Parroquia Santa Elizabeth Ann Seton de Bothell. Envíe sus preguntas a email@example.com.