He is Risen!

Easter is finally here! The Lord is Risen! Alleluia! The graces are pouring out.

You're probably wondering then, why am I losing my patience? How come that person is getting under my skin? Why can't I make more time for prayer? We are essentially asking ourselves, why are we still being tested and tempted? I thought we were out of the desert!

You have received an abundance of new graces from The Resurrection this Easter. Your increased trials are a sign of increased graces. You wouldn't be able to put those graces into effect if you didn't get to practice them! So all those trials and temptations you're experiencing are invitations for you to practice new graces. St. Peter tells us,

"In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 1:7)

You are being changed. You are becoming more holy. Yes. It doesn't "feel" like it, but that's the point. If becoming holy was easy wouldn't we all be holy? Later today or tomorrow when a trial comes your way, ask God to help you use your new grace to overcome it. He wants to show you your new gifts! (Imagine a parent showing their children how a new toy works.)

Let us rejoice this Easter Season and thank God that He is working in our lives. He has a plan for each of us. His timing is always best. Let us turn to our Heavenly Mother to help us foster a desire to see Jesus' face.

Remember that this Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday! On this day, the floodgates of Heaven are opened wide and Jesus offers total forgiveness of all sins and punishment to any soul who goes to Confession and receive Him in Holy Communion on that day. (Note: Confession can be made before Sunday). More information on Divine Mercy Sunday here.