Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Monday... a look back

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

 The darkness over Jerusalem on Good Friday, 
the empty yet light-filled tomb, 
and the living encounter with the Risen Light of the World.

This triptych courtesy of Herbert Gustav Schmalz (c. 1890's)
provides much to mediate upon.

St. John the Beloved Disciple
in The Return from Calvary 

always struck me as deeply moving.



Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Sunday, April 20, 2014

He Is Risen Alleluia

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

He rolled the stone away and gave us
Eternal Light. Life and Love!

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday...a day of darkness

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*



Easter Vigil Mass illumines the darkness, at least it is supposed to. The lifeless Body of Christ and His Mystical Body—the Church rests in the cold, dark cavity of a stone tomb and it is terrifying in there. No light, no sound, no life.  A vacuum of sorts, for He who is the Light, the Word and the Life is not there. His Spirit never made it to the garden tomb, it still had more work to do.

So when the flaming caldron brings you back in time this eventide, ponder the darkness and defeat and death that the world experienced in 30 AD.

Then the long buried A _ _ _ L _ IA will captivate your heart and the ringing of the bells will raise your spirit to new life in Him like never before.

This is the true meaning
of Easter Joy.


Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael