Stefania Proietti is the mayor of Assisi, Italy. The following Easter letter is to the residents of Assisi, and she wanted to share it with us. In turn, we wanted to share her beautiful message of hope with you.
They're everywhere. In this age of COVID-19, of worry and sickness, of paralyzing fear and deepening sadness, these brave souls can be found on the front lines: wounded healers. I am one myself. It all began with a single book.
COVID-19 prevented us from celebrating Easter as we normally would—which proved challenging. And the emotional high that comes from participating in this holy season is not necessarily meant to last all year, says Fr. Clifford Hennings. But it should! As Pope John Paul II once said, “We are the Easter people, and hallelujah is our song.” Enjoy this short video from Friar Clifford!
During the Easter season, I often ask workshop or retreat groups to name their own “small r” resurrections. I do so because it seems impossible to appreciate Jesus’ resurrection with a capital R without some grounding in our own experience.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that's taken over our newsfeeds and our peace of mind, something even more discouraging has developed in its wake: fear. Father Roger Lopez, OFM, thinks of the disciples after the resurrection. They're isolated and afraid. But Jesus visits them in that room and says four words the disciples need to hear, "Peace be with you."
With COVID-19 disrupting our Holy Week celebrations, the Stations of the Cross, such a holy and somber exercise, is impossible to participate in this year. May this walk with Jesus lead us closer to God's loving heart.