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Stories of resurrection

Resurrection stories aren't confined to the distant past or some uncertain future. They are now, and they involve people like us. Three stories follow on the next five pages, each a resurrection story.

Each story reflects how God unceasingly labors in all things to grant the fullness of divine life and love to those who have lived in death's shadow--or continue to do so.

Each story reveals the living, resurrected Lord whose love is like a streaming sunburst, streaking from behind the clouds, stretching ever outward to warm and light the dark corners of the universe and of our hearts.

As you reflect upon God's life-giving presence in these stories, meditate also on your life: What gifts is God continuing to give you? How and where do you experience God's presence dwelling in you and others, giving fuller life? Where do you see God laboring to share divine life?

When you've done that, you might discover the joy that moved Ignatius Loyola to pray his quintessential resurrection prayer:

"Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will--all that I have and call my own. You have given it all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace. That is enough for me."


Comments

al sowins

al sowins

Posted at 9:40 am (U.S. Eastern) 5/21/2008

Love demands repentance, including restitution(where possible) and to be saved we must love, Lk.10.25-28 one another and God with ALL our heart, mind, strength and soul. But, to love God is to obey Him, IJn.5.3; so we must obey Him with ALL our heart, mind, strength and soul- to be saved. But we cannot obey Him without doing what He commands, ie performing works of faith and labors of love, IThs.1.3;2Ths.1.11. That is why faith without works is dead; a man is justified by works, and NOT by faith alone; and we are taught that, Gal.5.6, the faith that saves is a faith that works through love.

Paul D. Buchanan

Paul D. Buchanan

Posted at 10:00 pm (U.S. Eastern) 4/10/2009

Since Jesus died for our sins, isn't that enough?  Why do we need the resurrection for our salvation?

Jamie

Jamie

Posted at 10:58 am (U.S. Eastern) 4/11/2009

Without the resurrection, what hope do we have that we will live again?  What's the point of having our sins atoned for if there is no life after this one?  Resurrection is the proof that there is life after this earthly mortal life. 



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