Before we die, definitively, we die a thousand deaths. Likewise, before we come to realize our hope, definitively, in Resurrection from the dead in Jesus Christ, we are offered a thousand resurrections, which we may accept in grace, or reject in the narrow, popularized, vision of despair.
The personal, and societal, death of the American spirit is sadly profound. The glamorized despair of the lone sojourner, fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world, does not have to be our lot.
For the American Catholic, Risen in the Eucharistic Life, holds the key for a realistic hope, grounded in the all too real anxieties and sufferings which beset our people, yet enlivened in hope in the One who overcame His Passion in Love, and illuminates ours in faith, Truth, and Mercy.
"Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to her body and said, 'Tabitha, rise up.' She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up." Acts 9:31-42
Every Catholic has a part to play in the Resurrection power of our Lord.
As a baptized Catholic, part of the Body of the Messiah, we are graced, and summoned, to respond personally to the Merciful grace of the Prodigal Father, and run, in the Holy Spirit, to the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession), where Jesus meets us with His Paschal (Crucified and Risen) Mercy. Our Resurrection from sin, however, is just the beginning of God's plan for the world. When we forgive others, and seek forgiveness from them, we Raise the banner of Divine Mercy for the world to see. When we sacrifice a little of ourselves for the benefit of another, we do the very same.
And when we advocate for the Church and the family, vote for Life, and act as a citizen, and consumer, with the Will of God in mind, we raise our nation back to life.
"O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your handmaid; you have loosed my bonds. To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving, and I will call upon the name of the LORD." Psalm 116:12-17
When we contemplate God's Love for us, from meditating on the Pascal Mystery of Jesus' death and Resurrection, we should be filled with the Spirit of awe and thankfulness. As weak and finite creatures, we must do this quite often--as a battery needs constant charging, we need constant revitalization through the sacraments, the Scriptures, and meditative Catholic prayer.
But all of God's graces in recharging our faith and hope must come first, and foremost, from the Real Presence of our charity found in the Eucharistic Jesus Christ.
As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer walked with him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, 'Do you also want to leave?' Simon Peter answered him, 'Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.'" John 6:60-69
But the most urgent resurrection needed is within the Body and Bride of Jesus Herself.
There isn't a Catholic Parish in America that has 100% Mass attendance on Sunday. Barring shut-ins, and the handicapped, and those in hospitals, there are far too many Catholics who have forgotten the glory of God, within their reach, tangible, sensate, material and spiritual, in the Real Presence of Jesus within the Eucharistic host. Jesus, the source of all Life, Truth, meaning, Joy, hope, and strength, lies humbly upon His Cross, while mysteriously Risen in heaven, in this perpetual gift of Love.
We must pray, repent, return, en masse, to the Mass, to the Cross, to the empty tomb, and, especially, to the Risen Lord, where Mercy is abundant, and Life is regenerated in grace upon grace. Only then will American politics and morality and economics become Risen in compassionate, yet objectively true, ethics again.