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Spiritual Reading and Gift-giving Ideas for the Easter Season


"He is not here. He is risen . . ."

 

 ". . .  And on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, (the women) came to the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled back from the sepulchre. And going in, they found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were astonished in their mind at this, behold, two men stood by them, in shining apparel. And as they were afraid, and bowed down their countenance towards the ground, they said unto them: Why seek you the living with the dead?He is not here, but is risen. Remember how he spoke unto you, when he was in Galilee, Saying: The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words. And going back from the sepulchre, they told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest. And it was Mary Magdalen, and Joanna, and Mary of James, and the other women that were with them, who told these things to the apostles."

- The Holy Gospel According to St. Luke, 24: 1-10

Are you looking for spiritual reading ideas for the Easter Season?
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The King, Crucified and Risen: Meditations on the Passion and Glory of Christ
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Author: Fr. Benedict Groechel
A Moving, Spiritual Classic
Only $14.95
Author: Msgr. Gaume
Meditations on Living the Resurrection
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Author: Pope John Paul II
History and Traditions of Holy Week
Only $21.95
Author: James Monti
Meditations on the Resurrection
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Author: Fr. Raneiro Cantalamessa O.F.M. Cap., Preacher to the Papal Household
Thoughts on the Meaning of the Paschal Mystery
Only $13.95
Author: Fr. Raneiro Cantalamessa O.F.M. Cap., Preacher to the Papal Household
Life Out of Death: A Thought a Day for the Easter Season
Only $12.95
Author: Fr. Harold Beutow
A Critical Examination of the Facts of the Resurrection
Only $19.95
Contributors: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Tim Gray and others
A great way to introduce young children to the greatest feast in the Church!
Only $2.00
A Beautiful Picture Book for Children!
Only $15.95
Author: Fiona French
The Divine Mercy novena begins on Good Friday, March 21, the nine days concluding on Divine Mercy Sunday, March 30. We carry a large selection of Divine Mercy resources, gift items and devotional items. To browse the complete selection in our Divine Mercy specialty store, please click here
 
  

 The Meaning and Saving Significance of the Resurrection

"If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain." The Resurrection above all constitutes the confirmation of all Christ's works and teachings. All truths, even those most inaccessible to human reason, find their justification if Christ by his Resurrection has given the definitive proof of his divine authority, which he had promised.

Christ's Resurrection is the fulfillment of the promises both of the Old Testament and of Jesus himself during his earthly life. The phrase "in accordance with the Scriptures" indicates that Christ's Resurrection fulfilled these predictions.

The truth of Jesus' divinity is confirmed by his Resurrection. He had said: "When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he." The Resurrection of the crucified one shows that he was truly "I AM", the Son of God and God himself. So St. Paul could declare to the Jews: "What God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm, 'You are my Son, today I have begotten you.'" Christ's Resurrection is closely linked to the Incarnation of God's Son, and is its fulfillment in accordance with God's eternal plan.

The Paschal mystery has two aspects: by his death, Christ liberates us from sin; by his Resurrection, he opens for us the way to a new life. This new life is above all justification that reinstates us in God's grace, "so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life." Justification consists in both victory over the death caused by sin and a new participation in grace. It brings about filial adoption so that men become Christ's brethren, as Jesus himself called his disciples after his Resurrection: "Go and tell my brethren." We are brethren not by nature, but by the gift of grace, because that adoptive filiation gains us a real share in the life of the only Son, which was fully revealed in his Resurrection.

Finally, Christ's Resurrection - and the risen Christ himself is the principle and source of our future resurrection: "Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep... For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive." The risen Christ lives in the hearts of his faithful while they await that fulfillment . In Christ, Christians "have tasted...the powers of the age to come"and their lives are swept up by Christ into the heart of divine life, so that they may "live no longer for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised."

 Selected Religious and Devotional Items for the Easter Season :

A beautiful new greeting card for this holy season.
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Features the Holy Trinity, Blessed Mother, Sts. Peter and Paul. Made in Italy. 12 in.
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Proudly proclaim your Catholic faith with this t-shirt.
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A Powerful and Inspiring 3-part DVD Experience from Fr. John Corapi!
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The Hope of Easter

"The Cross had asked the questions; the Resurrection had answered them...The Cross had asked: “Why does God permit evil and sin to nail justice to a tree?” The Resurrection answered: “That sin, having done its worst, might exhaust itself and thus be overcome by Love that is stronger than either sin or death.”

Thus there emerges the Easter lesson that the power of evil and the chaos of any one moment can be defied and conquered, for the basis of our hope is not in any construct of human power but in the power of God, who has given the evil of this earth its one mortal wound - an open tomb, a gaping sepulcher, an empty grave." - Archbishop Fulton Sheen

 - from  Lent and Easter Wisdom from Fulton J. Sheen

First Holy Communion season is approaching quickly.
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This Lenten season, why not deepen your prayer life by praying the Rosary or praying it more often? To browse our complete selection of rosaries and chaplets, please  click here
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A Novena Prayer for Easter:

"O Divine Saviour, who rose from the dead on that first glorious Easter morn, grant that I may rise from my sins and so live as to see You, glorious and immortal, in heaven. Lord, I am nothing, but, although nothing, I adore You. Amen."

We hope your Easter season is an especially blessed and faith-filled one.
 - the staff at Aquinas and More Catholic Goods
 
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