The Easter Greeting
Ah, the Easter greeting. So many different versions of it (at least two,) so little time.
We hear this one: Christus Resurrectus Est! Vere Resurrectus Est!
And this one: Christus resurrexit! Resurrexit vere!
Does it really matter>?
The Lord is risen! He is truly risen!
That’s what matters.
What does Miss O’Connor have to say?
If you haven’t read Flannery O’Connor’s writings, then you should stop now and go read her entire collection of stories, novels and letters. Writing entirely from within her Catholic identity, her themes get down to the realities of life in it’s beauty, it’s cruelty, in its reality.
Here is a bit she wrote regarding the Resurrection, and the resurrection of the body. It’s taken from her correspondence with Better Hester, an office clerk in Atlanta with whom Miss O’Connor corresponded after an impromptu letter from Mrs. Hester. She wanted to know who it was that understood her stories, and so began a correspondence that asked the last five years of her life.
I wonder if she’ll be declared a saint one day? Worth considering.
“To see Christ as God and man is probably no more difficult today than it has always been, even if today there seem to be more reasons to doubt. For you it may be a matter of not being able to accept what you call a suspension of the laws of the flesh and the physical, but for my part I think that when I know what the laws of the flesh and the physical really are, then I will know what God is. We know them as we see them, not as God sees them. For me it is the virgin birth, the Incarnation, the resurrection which are the true laws of the flesh and the physical. Death, decay, destruction are the suspension of these laws. I am always astonished at the emphasis the Church puts on the body. It is not the soul she says that will rise but the body, glorified. I have always thought that purity was the most mysterious of the virtues, but it occurs to me that it would never have entered the human
consciousness to conceive of purity if we were not to look forward to a resurrection of the body, which will be flesh and spirit united in peace, in the way they were in Christ. The resurrection of Christ seems the high point in the law of nature…”