When Death Is Defeated

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Easter Sunday, the day of the Resurrection, when death is decisively defeated and the end of the world begins. This is the eighth day of creation, the new Sabbath, the new Lord's Day when mercy shall break forth like the dawn and forgiveness roll down like mighty waters. "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so I send you" (Jn 20:21).

The great British fantasy writer and philologist J. R. R. Tolkien called the Resurrection a "eucatastrophe." He explained the term to his son in a letter after relating the story of a miraculous cure at Lourdes:

[Father had told] the most moving story of the little boy with tubercular peritonitis who was not healed, and was taken sadly away in the train by his parents, practically dying with 2 nurses attending him. As the train moved away it passed within sight of the Grotto. The little boy sat up. "I want to go and talk to the little girl" — in the same train there was a little girl who had been healed. And he got up and walked there and played with the little girl; and then he came back, and he said "I'm hungry now." And they gave him cake and two bowls of chocolate and enormous potted meat sandwiches, and he ate them! ...

But at the story of the little boy (which is a fully attested fact of course) with its apparent sad ending and then its sudden unhoped-for happy ending, I was deeply moved and had that peculiar emotion we all have — though not often. It is quite unlike any other sensation. And all of a sudden I realized what it was: ... "eucatastrophe[,]" the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears ... it produces its peculiar effect because it is a sudden glimpse of Truth, your whole nature chained in material cause and effect, the chain of death, feels a sudden relief as if a major limb out of joint had suddenly snapped back.

... And I concluded by saying that the Resurrection was the greatest "eucatastrophe" possible ... and produces that essential emotion: Christian joy which produces tears because it is qualitatively so like sorrow, because it comes from those places where Joy and Sorrow are at one, reconciled, as selfishness and altruism are lost in Love.

"This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad" (Ps 118:24).

Happy Easter.

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Ginny from Elma,NY - Apr 1, 2016

Life often brings pain and heartaches. I find myself praying unceasingly to the Sacred Heart. I have my cellphone alarm set for 3 p.m. so I remember especially to pray and make my requests during the hour of Mercy. And, in turn, Our Good Lord blesses me with peace of mind that He will take care of me and mine.

Christina - Mar 27, 2016

God thanks for loving us

You suffered and are victorious

Help us all to also rise, in Jesus name no more shame, with You

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Being away from sin and moving towards accepting Divine Mercy graces is how we can all rise in clean of heart

tom bailey houston, tx - Apr 5, 2015

a great day for sure and here comes another

a. The Image of the Merciful Jesus. Its pattern was revealed in the vision St. Faustina had on February 22, 1931, in her convent cell at Plock. “In the evening, when I was in my cell,” she recorded in the Diary, “I saw the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand [was] raised in the gesture of blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From beneath the garment, slightly drawn aside from at breast, there were emanating two large rays, one red, the other pale. …. After a while, Jesus said to me, „Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You‟‟‟ (Diary, 47). “I want this image …… to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy” (Diary, 49).

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