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SusanProfile3Susan is a spiritual director and has significant experience in giving retreats and other programs of spiritual formation as well as in offering individual spiritual direction. She is the author of Growing in Love and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation (Oxford 2013) and of the blog, Creo en Dios! Prior to moving to Minneapolis in 2007, Susan was a member of the adjunct ministerial staff of St. Ignatius Retreat House in New York.

Susan shares her reflections on her journey with God on her blog, in podcasts and videos, in group talks and retreats, and in print and online articles.

He is Risen!

In a homily he gave on September 10 of last year, Pope Francis stressed the risk of becoming Christians without the Resurrection. “Jesus is the Winner who has won over sin and death,” said the Pope. This, he said, is the key point: that “Jesus is risen.” There are, he further suggested, Christians who “in their hearts do not believe in the Risen Lord and want to make theirs a more majestic resurrection than that of the real one.” He called such people “triumphalist” Christians, suggesting that “they do not believe deep down in the Risen One. He is the Winner,” he continued, “the Risen One. He won.” This, Pope Benedict added, is the message of Paul: that Christ “is everything, he is totality and hope because he is the Bridegroom, the Winner.”

Pope Francis sounded a similar theme in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Guadium. There are Christians, he complained, “whose lives seem like Lent without Easter.” People who get the suffering part of Christianity, but not the joy. “Christ’s resurrection,” the pope said, “is not an event of the past; it contains a vital power which has permeated the world.”

The Resurrection of Jesus, in the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is “the crowning truth of our faith in Christ, as faith believed and lived as the central truth by the first Christian community; handed on as fundamental by Tradition; established by the documents of the new Testament; and preached as an essential part of the Paschal mystery along with the cross. Christ’s resurrection is the fulfillment of the promises both of the Old Testament and of Jesus himself during his earthly life.”

As important as Jesus’ passion and death are to who we are as Christians, it is the Resurrection that is the crowning truth of our faith, and we need to internalize what it means to be a resurrection people.

We celebrate Easter until Pentecost.  Why not take some time in prayer during these days to reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection.


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