Night has turned over into morning and a new hope has dawned.

Easter Sunday fills us with the notion that we can begin all over again… the old can be made new… the hurt can be healed… the sinner can be forgiven.  It is not a false notion.  It is real.  God assures us that salvation is indeed ours for the taking.  All we have to do is receive.

Retreat Day 5:  Easter

5 things that make Easter extraordinary

  1. Wake up and take a deep breath… you are ALIVE!
  2.  Hug and kiss the people you love… they give you hope.
  3.  Say a prayer of thanks for all the goodness in your life… it will keep you humble.
  4. Go worship at church… you will be part of a community of believers.
  5. Celebrate the day with family and friends… they love you for who you are.

An Easter gift to finish our retreat…

If these days of prayer were good for you, don’t let it all end here.  These retreat days are just a taste of what goes on in the School of Disciples.  Come back next week for more about coming events.  There’s some great stuff in store for you!

Until then… Easter peace to you and those you love!


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2 responses »

  1. Rox says:

    Dance wherever you may be….

    You probably have seen “Where the Hell is Matt?” on YouTube… but revisit it … and read these comments I found on the Gainesville Catholic Worker website.

    I recently talked with a friend who, like me, goes through periods when she feels stuck in a long Lent – waiting for God or some new idea of God to manifest itself. “Religion” has let us down on occasion, and we both sometimes wonder where we belong. I described myself as a member of the The Church of Perpetual Wonder and Frequent Disappointment. She says she’s a Follower of Dancing Matt. “You get out there and do your crazy-looking dance with as much joy and hope as you can muster – and sometimes people join you.”

    The English words to the music in the background of the Dancing Matt video are from a poem by Rabindranath Tagore. They point to something beautiful and true about every life: that we are connected to one another and to all of Creation – whatever our geographical home or spiritual state at the moment.

    Stream of Life
    by Rabindranath Tagore

    The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day
    runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.

    It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth
    in numberless blades of grass
    and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.

    It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth
    and of death, in ebb and in flow.

    I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.
    And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.

    This is actually not far afield from our Catholic roots. I found myself thinking of a more traditional hymn we had both sung often over the years, and I found a number of renditions on YouTube. Here is a sweet, vintage version by Tommy Makem (one of the most Irish-looking men I’ve ever seen!).


    Dance, dance, wherever you may be
    I am the lord of the dance, said He
    And I lead you all, wherever you may be
    And I lead you all in the dance, said He.

    I danced on a Friday when the world turned black
    It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back
    They buried my body, they thought I was gone
    But I am the dance, and the dance goes on.

    Dance, dance, wherever you may be
    I am the lord of the dance, said He
    And I lead you all, wherever you may be
    And I lead you all in the dance, said He.

    – Kelli –

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