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Easter 2011

Eternal life is not life after death, it starts right here and now in this life,
In the waters of Baptism and in the grace of the Eucharist!
Eternal life is a gift and we can unwrap it again and again
Whenever we live truly as Christians, as followers of Christ, as little "Christs" ourselves,
When our lives are filled with humility and charity and joy.
Eternal life is an ongoing process, it is never mastered on this side of eternity
But it can certainly be tasted in our heart and soul.
Eternal life is closer to a musical instrument which needs to be practiced
A good way to measure the practice being the works of mercy.
Eternal life is resting on prayers and love and the grace of God!

    Easter2011 Purple Lilac photo by Mich Szek         Easter2011 White Lilac photo by Mich Szek    

Thank God for Easter!

more Spring Flowers in the French Alps - photo by Michele Szekely

There is so much to talk about with Holy Week: with the Institution of the Eucharist, the Passion, the Resurrection, then Easter Week and the Glorious Season of the Church, when our Lord walked this earth, "resurrected"! There is so much promised for each one of us in this... The Gifts of Pentecost... Do you know that the Church was born when the Roman soldier pierced the side of Christ, on the Cross, and water and blood poured out? It was always viewed as the very birth of the Church, the waters of the sacraments and the blood of Christů This glorious moment of the Redemption of the world is offered to us, we can participate right here and now in the sanctification of the world whenever we acknowledge who Christ is and what he did for us and whenever we love him and love our neighbor.

When I see beauty in the intricate design of a small leaf on the forest floor, a little leaf which just happened to be in my field of vision and which I could capture thanks to the zoom of my camera, I am grateful.
When I see a gorgeous sunset with clouds filled with liquid pink, with the pulsating globe of the sun sinking toward the horizon, I feel refreshed.
I see God's hand in the tenderness of the smile of a child, in the frailty and dignity of an elderly lady walking slowly - and courageously - to the corner market.
I see God's hand in the wonderful and moving beauty of a violon player on a street corner; in the technical and construction feast of the grand bridges in the world.
In beauty, whether it be fragile or grand, in truth and justice, whether it be in small increment or in mega-moments of revolution, if it is for the common good, then it is truly an opportunity to praise God!

Little violets in the Forest in the French Alps - photo by Michele Szekely

Romans 10:9 - photo by Michele Szekely

"And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." Acts 16:31

Jesus is Lord - oyeuses Paques - photo by Michele Szekely

Easter 2011 in the French Alps - photo by Michele Szekely

There is a direct line from the Institution of the Eucharist to the Lord's Passion and Death and Resurrection and to every Eucharist ever since...
1384 The Lord addresses an invitation to us, urging us to receive him in the sacrament of the Eucharist: "Truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you."
1385 To respond to this invitation we must prepare ourselves for so great and so holy a moment. St. Paul urges us to examine our conscience: "Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself." Anyone conscious of a grave sin must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to communion.
1386 Before so great a sacrament, the faithful can only echo humbly and with ardent faith the words of the Centurion: "Domine, non sum dignus ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanabitur anima mea" ("Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul will be healed.").217 and in the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom the faithful pray in the same spirit:
O Son of God, bring me into communion today with your mystical supper. I shall not tell your enemies the secret, nor kiss you with Judas' kiss. But like the good thief I cry, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
Cathechism of the Catholic Church, VI, The Paschal Banquet.

Easter Eggs painted by Lili photo by Michele Szekely

Beautiful Easter eggs hand-painted by my dear aunt Lili and which were given to me the last time I saw her, a few years ago, in Sicily.

Oratoire photo by Michele Szekely

A small country oratory 5 minutes from the chalet. It has been there for a long time.... I made a collage with photos of local flowers. I love these little testimonials to faith and prayers, dotting the landscape, reminding us at regular interval to focus on God and his angels and his saints, and I certainly use them to pray along the way!

Drops of dew during Easter week - photo by Michele Szekely

Blessed be God, blessed be his most Holy Name!

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