Objective: To help Christians to see Easter as the crowning
season of the liturgical year rather than a single Sunday.
The intensity of Lent often leaves Christians in the mood to
lighten up. As a result, structured study tends to end until autumn.
That's unfortunate because Easter is the foremost event in Christian
history and its greatest celebration. The seven-week Easter season
is even longer than Lent, culminating in Pentecost, sometimes
termed the Church's birthday. To ease the study schedule and still
take a good look at this pivotal period, this four-week course
could be slated alternate weeks: the first, third, fifth, and
seventh weeks of the Easter season.
Resurrection Stories: Catching the Light of God's Love
By Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M. N0394
Belief in the Resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith and
the heart of the Good News. "The story of the Resurrection is told
in all four Gospels, but all of the writers choose different ways
to express the inexpressible, catching the light of the Resurrection
and throwing it out to the world in a rainbow of God's love," Kistner
The Acts of the Apostles: Luke's Dramatic Sequel By
Elizabeth McNamer. N0497
During the Easter season, the Lectionary readings explore the
stories of the early Church recorded in Acts, seeing how the apostles
responded to the Good News of the Resurrection. McNamer offers
a concise and readable overview of Acts, explores the history
and literary forms of the times, and explains the great issues
and persons of the early Church.
From Spirit to Holy Spirit in the Old Testament By
Leonard Doohan. N0499
Doohan refers to the Messianic Spirit of God found in the Hebrew
Scriptures as "switching on the power." In this issue, Doohan tells
us, "...the major Church teachings on the Holy Spirit did not come
until around the fourth century....Our task is to go back even further,
asking how did the Chosen People understand the role of the Holy
Holy Spirit as Paraclete: The Gift of John's Gospel By
Raymond E. Brown, S.S. N0598
In this issue, a preeminent scholar looks at the unique contribution
John's Gospel makes to our understanding of the presence and role
of the Holy Spirit in the Christian community through the role
of Paraclete or Advocate.