Dear Ordinariate Friends,
HE IS RISEN ! ALLELUIA !!
If ever there was an optimistic message, that is it!
Jesus, our Messiah, has suffered and been put to death like a criminal. He has been rejected by the people, who cried out for him to be crucified. He has been lying in the tomb for a couple of days now. All our energy is spent, our elan exhausted. We are despondent, near despair. We have locked ourselves away in the Upper Room, there is no future for our community …
- until the angel proclaims the Good News, until the women return from the tomb announcing what we hardly dare to believe, until the two disciples run to the tomb themselves and witness the truth.
SURREXIT DOMINUS VERE ! HE IS RISEN INDEED !!
It may be rather presumptive to compare the situation of some of our Ordinariate groups today to that of the disciples following Jesus’ death, but the temptation to give way to despondency is sometimes quite strong for many of us too.
The optimism of the first wave is over, our fellow Anglo-Catholics who have remained in the Anglican Church seem to have accepted the status quo, some of our groups are much smaller than we would have hoped, and we are limping where we had planned to leap and bound.
This is the time to look to the Resurrection! And from there to the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost. Do you remember those cowering disciples in the Upper Room, fearful for their own lives? They are the same men who subsequently took to the road, evangelizing, baptizing, witnessing to the Risen Christ.
We Ordinariate Expats would like to take this opportunity to wish us all some of that evangelizing zeal of the apostles, some of the vibrancy of the early church, and a large portion of HOPE and TRUST in the Risen Lord.
Please allow us also to remind you of our own Ordinariate support group for expatriates living either temporarily or permanently in mainland Europe, who are either Ordinariate members or are interested in the Ordinariate. We should be grateful if you could think of us should any of your members be moving over to Europe. Please make them aware of our website http://ordinariateexpats.wordpress.com and e-mail us their contact details, so that we can greet them and stay in touch while they are living here.
With our group website we try to be a home from home for our dispersed members, we provide news and background info from the Ordinariates, comment on current Ordinariate topics, some stories about local Catholic customs, links to some of the Ordinariate blogs – and everybody is welcome to take part (either in submitting posts, making written comments, or by e-mail). Fr. Scott’s own blog http://ordinariatepilgrim.wordpress.com gives a spiritual perspective on Ordinariate issues. We would also recommend these two sites for Ordinariate members at home, who might welcome regular news and encouragement.
May God bless us all in this Easter season.
With best regards
David Murphy, contact person for the Ordinariate Expats Support Group,
Vinnhagen 6, D-48485 Neuenkirchen, Germany
( email@example.com or: firstname.lastname@example.org )
and Fr. Scott Anderson OLW, Picardy, spiritual director