Saturday, April 15, 2006

It's Time to Welcome New Catholics

There's so much I want to write about this Easter. On Thursday we remembered Jesus' Last Supper with his disciples, On Friday Christ's suffering and death on the cross, On Saturday we reflected on the fear his first disciples must have felt. Finally on Saturday Evening and Sunday Morning we celebrate the wonder and significance of Christ's resurrection. Wow.

For Roman Catholics, the Saturday night Easter Vigil was very powerful. This ceremony can be extremely long, with many readings and prayers. But one of the most exciting parts of this is when the church welcomes new adult believers into its number. These new believers have been studying the faith for several months, will have received the sacrament of reconciliation, possibly the sacrament of baptism (if not already a baptized Christian), the sacrament of Confirmation, and finally the sacrament of the Eucharist.

Today truly was a life changing day for every one of the thousands of new Catholics. My hope is that God will continue to reveal himself to them in new ways, and reinvigorate his church with the excitement of their growing faith.

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