St. John Henry Newman—Keeping Fast and Festival
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“None rejoice in Easter-tide less than those who have not grieved in Lent.”
With today’s reading, we round out the trilogy of Newman readings we began on Palm Sunday, continued through Good Friday, and now conclude for Easter.
In this sermon which he originally preached on Easter Day, Newman likens Christian joy at Easter to that of sick people in convalescence—a particularly charged metaphor today. He speaks also of the unassuming yet undeniable power of the Church’s precepts and ordinances—another theme especially worth considering when, in so many places throughout the world, public liturgies have been suspended.
All in all, there’s much here to help us begin this Easter season during an uncertain and extraordinary time.
Keeping Fast and Festival full text: http://www.newmanreader.org/works/parochial/volume4/sermon23.html
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