This year, Easter Vigil shone with even greater brilliance as our friend and colleague Valerie was initiated into the Church at St. Thomas the Apostle, parish home to many members of the CTU community. In the last few days, people have visited Valarie to ask her about the experience, to talk about their own Easters with family and faith community and, to dip into the bowl of jelly beans on her desk—a sweet reminder of our celebrations. As the visitors have added up, the candy has diminished somewhat. By late Friday afternoon, I had begun to feel that Easter was draining away…and I sat somewhat uninspired to write this blog entry…
…Until Professor Maria Cimperman, RSCJ, stopped by my office. For the end of the week, she still seemed pretty energized—and clearly still carried Easter with her. She shared a question she had posed to her students this week: “We all had our Lenten practices, but what will be our Easter practices?”
A new Alleluia struck me. That’s right. Easter does not end with Easter Sunday, or Easter Week, or whenever the jelly beans run out. We have FIFTY days of Easter. We may find Lent to stretch a bit long at times, but Easter Season is actually longer!
We adopted our Lenten fasting practices to make room in our minds, hearts, and bodies for the transforming Love that is God. Now is the time to relish, and even revel a bit in the joy that Love brings us—in our renewed ways of being with ourselves, with those we encounter, with the world.
Each year, our “Taste of CTU” event provides an opportunity for our global community to share stories, song, and dance—those from our homeland, and those closest to our hearts. This year’s “Taste of CTU,” which happened the day we returned from our Easter Recess, modeled some good Easter practices for all of us. It was an intentional time to set aside for joy, even when confronted by fear (stage fright) or obstacles (getting the right music to play). And by the end of the evening, we were all out of our seats (even this double-left foot gal) dancing together.
We have kept the fast. Now the dance floor is open. How will we keep the feast?
Angela Paviglianiti | Director of Admissions | firstname.lastname@example.org