Posted by Adrienne Wilson on 4/9/2020
Dear St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Families,
I sincerely hope and pray that this letter finds you and your family well. Our Lenten journeys will soon come to an end as we share in the joy of the Resurrection. Despite our challenges during this time of national concern, please accept my warmest and prayerful wishes for a Happy Easter.
It is peculiar to think that this Sunday we will not travel to church to partake in the traditional celebrations of Easter Mass. Please know that you are invited to attend Mass virtually this Sunday 8 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church (Stthomasfairfield.com). Our Celebrant will be Father Victor Martin and we will surely enjoy the beautiful Easter music of Mr. David Harris and Ms. Jen Romano.
Many years ago and before the age of instantaneous video conferencing, I recall a sudden and severe pre-dawn Easter Sunday snowstorm that left my family housebound. We could not travel to Mass because snow tires on the family car were removed the day before. Easter eggs that my parents had hidden for my brother and I lie buried in the snow. Nonetheless, we prayed together and after a round of family phone calls, we enjoyed an Easter meal in our small cottage kitchen.
I share this recollection with you because I just finished a face time chat with my third-grade nephew who, like us, is at home working on a distance learning assignment. His task was to interview a relative (me) about the history of their family. We spoke for nearly an hour, and as our conversation drew to a close my sister in law expressed amazement that they had not heard this family story until today. Perhaps we too can share and make some happy Easter memories this weekend, regardless of the necessity of being within our homes.
As we pause to reflect upon the Paschal Triduum of 2020, let us pray that we will feel in our hearts the absolute joy and love shared with us in the Gospel of Luke 24:13-35 when the two disciples recognize the risen Jesus as he breaks bread with them. We also pray that the love and reassurance of our Lord Jesus Christ remains with us in times of challenge and doubt, and especially for those in need of our prayers.
I would like to share a prayer written many years ago by my Uncle Joe. He served as my godfather and mentor from childhood and was very special to me. My Uncle Joe constantly prayed for us, and was always present at special family times.
"My God - Keep me on the path of achieving happiness and success that is real. Keep my vision clear to see the goals.
Loving Savior, help me to tap the hidden powers within and above me.
Give me the strength to work with the energies of mind and body. Help me to practice the love of people and service to others.
Dearest Jesus, keep me forever with a smile on my face for all humankind. Guide me, direct me, and enlighten me, so that I may live a fruitful life wholly pleasing to Thee.
Jesus make me love You -
Jesus make me a Saint!"
Happy Easter, and may God continue to bless you and your family.
Patrick D. Higgins, Ed.D.