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A New Day. A New Hope. A New Life. – Fr. Dave Schmidt

April 17, 2020

A new day. A new hope. A new life.

Happy Easter Everyone! Alleluia! In the midst of all that is
happening these days, it is good to say Alleluia again. Even
though we were not able to physically celebrate Holy Week
and the Easter liturgies together, you were certainly in my
thoughts and prayers as I prayed mass each day. I must
admit, I MISS YOU GREATLY! Yes, even those of you who
fall asleep during my homilies.

We need to be reminded in these times that God has not
abandoned us. We may echo the words of Jesus on the
cross, “My God, My God Why have you abandoned
me”. But the reality is that we daily rejoice in the love of our
incredible God which is beyond all understanding. As we
celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, we willingly take Jesus’
hand to follow where he leads.

Our pain? It doesn’t win.
Our disappointments? They don’t win.
Our grief and sorrow? They won’t win.
Our suffering? It doesn’t win.
Our loneliness? It can’t win.
Our failures? They truly will not wini.
Our separation because of present situations? This
too will be conquered.
God wins and we win because God wins?

My friends, today is a promise to each of us, that whatever
challenge we have it is not the end of the story. There is
something beautiful on the horizon. A new day. A new
hope. A new life.

So today, look out your window. See people helping each
other in ways that we have not seen in ages. See families,
not running from one activity to another, but spending time
with each other. Couples walking hand in hand down the
sidewalk. See the reality of Spring bursting forth in bird
songs, green grass, trees budding, and flowers blooming.

Oh yes, this being Wisconsin I woke up on Monday morning
with ten inches of glorious snow! I was up North.
Thank you for your prayers for each other, myself, and the
team at the Quad parishes. Thank you also to those who
have been sending in your financial contributions. They are
so appreciated.

I don’t want to end on a financial comment so here is an
interesting bit of history. On April 14th in the year 2301
B.C. the Chinese saint, Hi Ling Su found that happiness lies
in the heart and not in any special place or in the
circumstances of life.

Today and each day….see love, mercy and happiness!
Peace,
Fr. Dave