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Amazed and Astonished! Family Reflection Video

Amazed and Astonished! Family Reflection Video

Seasonal Reflections

Jesus is alive! Happy Easter!

What struck me in the readings today were the words amazed and astonished.

In the first reading, people were amazed and astonished when they saw a crippled man walking.

In the Gospel reading, the disciples were amazed and astonished when the women told them the body of Jesus was not in the tomb.

During these days of lockdown, I am amazed and astonished to see how God is bringing families together. I am amazed to see people taking time for one another. To see people coming out on their balconies to show their appreciation for caregivers and first responders. I'm amazed to see how people who were previously unnoticed have suddenly become the more important people in society. And, I'm amazed to see how much less we need to live.

In short, I'm amazed to see how the world is transforming and adapting. 

I can see that this pandemic has already caused us to slow our pace. With this slower pace, I pray that we will be more conscious of the presence of Jesus in our everyday lives. And, I pray that we will emerge as people with a new identity, who are more interconnected, and who are more focused on transforming themselves.

What changes for the better do you see in your family that have amazed and astonished you?


Father Pinto's inspirational homily was recorded live this morning during Mass at the Father Peyton Center. Please view the video on our Facebook page. (You don't need a Facebook account to view.)

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About Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C.

Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 17 countries.