I believe that our Revitalization begins by touching the Risen Christ in our midst. He probably looks so ordinary – like a Stranger, a Gardener, a Cook. And yet, when He speaks, our hearts are on fire.
A future full of hope is a special gift to those with Easter faith. Peter says it well in his first letter: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” It is Easter that really explains why we are people with a living, vibrant hope!
You’d never know it to look at him, but Fr. Hilarion Kistner just turned 90. March 31, parishioners at St. Stephen Church in Cincinnati, where Hilarion has helped out for years, surprised him with a birthday celebration. See how they spilled the beans during Mass.
“One memory of Joe was powerful,” remembers Fr. Roger Lopez, the sight of him putting up his breviary with a rosary dangling from his hand. “This older friar still had this devotion to prayer.”
Fr. Loren Connell learns a spiritual lesson while dealing with a frustrating smartphone.