Instruction and Reflection on Paschaltide: The Fruits of the Resurrection

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Paschaltide Devotions in Honor of the Resurrection of Our Divine Lord

Instruction and Reflection on Paschaltide

III. The Fruits of the Resurrection

“Since by a man came death, by a Man also comes the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made to live.” (1 Cor. 15:22)

“If we have been united with Him in the likeness of His death, we shall be so in the likeness of His Resurrection also. For we know that our old self has been crucified with Him, in order that the body of sin may be destroyed, that we may no longer be slaves to sin.” (Rom. 6:5:6)

“If the Spirit of Him Who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, then He Who raised Jesus Christ from the dead will also bring to life your mortal bodies because of His Spirit Who dwells in you.” (Rom. 8:11)

“And when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be made subject to Him Who subjected all things to Him, that God may be all in all.” (1 Cor. 15:28)

To the Eleven–

“Jesus stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace to be to you! It is I, do not be afraid.’ But they were startled and panic-stricken and thought they saw a spirit. And He said to them, ‘Why are you disturbed, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See My hands and feet, that it is I, Myself. Feel Me and see; for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.’ And having said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. But as they still disbelieved and marveled for joy, He said, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ And they offered Him a piece of broiled fish and a honeycomb. And when He had eaten in their presence, He took what remained and gave it to them. And He said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled that are written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ Then He opened their minds that they might understand the Scriptures. And He said to Them, ‘Thus it is written: and thus the Christ should suffer, and should rise again from the dead on the third day; and repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name to all nations.'” (Luke 24:36-47)

Let us Pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that the Paschal Sacrament which we have received may always continue to produce its effects within our souls; through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Hymn — Regina Cæli Laetare

Queen of Heaven, rejoice; Alleluia!
For He Whom thou didst merit to bear; Alleluia!
Has risen as He said; Alleluia!
Pray for us to God. Alleluia!

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia;
R. For the Lord has truly risen, Alleluia!

Let us Pray. O God, Who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, has vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant, we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life; through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Saint Michael de los Santos

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Saint Michael de los Santos

Trinitarian Priest
(1591-1624)

Saint Michael was born in Spain in 1591 of parents notable both for their piety and their probity. Their son from his early childhood made a vow of perpetual chastity; his father, when he heard of it, one day with a smile proposed to him, to test him, a fine marriage. The child began to weep and hurried to an altar of the Blessed Virgin to renew his vow. At the age of six he fled to a cave to meditate on the Passion of Our Lord. When his father sent out a search party, he was obliged to return, but continued to live only for heaven, keeping himself constantly in the presence of God. He chose Saint Francis of Assisi for his model and practiced extreme mortifications to imitate Jesus crucified.

At the age of twelve he presented himself at the novitiate of the Trinitarians of Barcelona, who admitted him. He made his perpetual vows in 1607, and assisted in the reform of the Order, in progress at that time. He never ceased to practice the primitive rule of the Institute. Saint Michael never had more than one tunic; beneath it he wore rude hair shirts. He practiced a perpetual fast and imposed constant disciplines on his flesh.

He was ordained a priest, and then it was at the altar that he received the most signal favors from heaven and inspired in those in attendance a most remarkable devotion. Twice Saint Michael was named Superior of the houses where he resided, yet he never became inflated with pride; on the contrary he believed himself worse than the demons. It seemed that heaven envied the earth in the possession of this Saint; he died at the age of thirty-three. Miracles followed at his tomb, and he was canonized in 1862 by Pope Pius IX.

Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 8