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God’s song of salvation is on everyone’s lips as we celebrate Easter, fifty days of

rejoicing. We are saved in so many ways by God’s love in deliverance or preservation. Lent

gave us a greater awareness of our dependence on God because we only exist in God.

Dependence on God means trying to be in touch with the God within who leads us through the

wilderness and is somehow still there when there are storms of doubt and guilt. As we know,

being a caretaker, guilt is often an overwhelming emotion.

In my Care for the Caregiver Program, I quote Ronald Rolheiser in his book The Holy

Longing, as he writes, “The Paschal mystery is a process of transformation within which we are

given both new life and new spirit. It begins with suffering and death, moves on to reception of

new life, spends some time grieving the old and adjusting to the new, and finally, only after the

old life has been truly let go of, is new spirit given for the life we are already living. We see this

in the great mystery of Jesus’ own Passover from death to life. There are five clear, distinct

moments within the Paschal Mystery: Good Friday – the loss of life – real death; Easter Sunday -

reception of new life; The Forty Days – a time for readjustment to the new and for grieving the

old; Ascension – letting go of the old and letting it bless you, the refusal to cling;

Pentecost – the reception of new spirit for the new life that one is already living.”

“Stated as a personal challenge for each of us: “Name your deaths” “Claim your births”

“Grieve what you have lost and adjust to the new reality” “Do not cling to the old, let it ascend

and give you its blessing” “Accept the spirit of the life that you are in fact living.” This cycle is

something we must undergo daily, in every aspect of our lives. Realistically, without a

crucifixion, there would be no resurrection. Daily we must undergo the Paschal Mystery. For

example, the death of our youth, the death of our wholeness, the death of our dreams and

many more that you can name. Let us never doubt God’s love and care, no matter what we


I take inspiration with the words of Father Robert Lauder, “God will never love us more

than He does at this moment because He can’t love us more. God is totally in love with us. He

loves each of us passionately, infinitely. God’s love for each of us is total. If we could believe in

God’s total love for us, we would be profoundly free. Even disappointment and suffering would

be viewed differently.”

The question for each of us is, How, in our daily lives, should we be living out the Paschal

Mystery, which is the life, death and resurrection of Jesus?

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