Easter 2014


I find myself thinking of John’s Donne’s “Death Be Not Proud.”

Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe,
For, those, whom thou think’st, thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill mee.
From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee doe goe,
Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie.
Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell,
And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well,
And better then thy stroake; why swell’st thou then?
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.

“And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.”  Alleluia!


  1. Lynda says

    It is indeed a great truth that Christ is risen! It was so powerful at the Easter Vigil to be able to sing Alleluia once again.
    May each of you have a very blessed Easter!

  2. Ellen says

    Easter Greetings! I am walking the Spanish Camino from Sevillia to Medria ( can’t do any longer as this time as I have to return to work). It is a truly wonderful experience meeting other pilgrims and unexpectedly seeing the Easter processions in the villages and towns along the way. Three more walking days.

  3. Dolly says

    Thank you, Fr. Paul for the beautiful poem! At Easter Mass, I had the thought that I am lifted up, too, with Jesus and is invited to start again. Call it serendepity, but when I came home, I got this message shared by a friend on FB and I immediately thought of sharing it with friends in the PFO community. Happy Easter, everyon! Hope you like the message this short presentation brings……


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