Dear Friend of Loughlin,
He is risen! May the joy of the resurrection and the exhilaration of new life be yours now and always.
We have just celebrated in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, the promise this event holds for all of us. Most of us experience elements of this mystery in more ordinary events well before we confront our own mortality. This Easter I find myself thinking of two groups of Loughlin students who are dear to our hearts. In one case we have come to know and love them, and in another, we anticipate a journey of discovery which we will travel together. These students are our graduating Seniors and our entering Freshmen. In each case, they will experience in an ordinary way, the extraordinary mystery of Easter.
Both groups of young men and women are the senior members of their respective communities. They are known by teachers and students. Hopefully, they are well respected. They have contributed their gifts and talents so that they have grown and have helped others to grow.
In a very short period of time these students will have graduated and moved on to new challenges. Tears will be shed by some, because they will feel a degree of sadness at leaving a familiar place that has nurtured them and has challenged them. There is in this ritual a certain recognition of dying to something.
Yet there is the genuine recognition that something new is happening. A whole new world awaits these students. In one case, the excitement of beginning high school, and the anticipation of facing challenges and the demands of learning. In the other, our seniors move on to pursue dreams, forge careers, and negotiate the”college experience."
In each case, students experience loss and an awareness that something is dying. They are also keenly aware that something new and exciting is about to begin. The way they respond to this new experience will be conditioned by how they lived the former.
This Easter, join me in praying for these young men and women who are living, in an ordinary way, the Easter Mystery. May they be strengthened and transformed by God’s grace to be the person God calls them to be. May Christ Easter in us.
Live Jesus in our hearts. Forever.
Bro. Dennis Cronin, FSC