O Mary! by these hours of joy, which repaid thee for those long bitter ones of thy Jesus’ Passion, pray to Him for us, that He permit us to feel and relish His presence in our hearts during this our exile, wherein 'we are absent from him.'
Let us, today, honor these hidden but august witnesses of what God’s mercy is preparing for the world’s salvation. We shall soon see them ascending to heaven, of which they will take possession in the name of mankind, that has been redeemed by Christ.
The news of Jesus' resurrection made little impression upon the apostles; they even disbelieved it. And yet, they found Him so affectionate, so gentle in His reproaches, that they soon resumed the confidence and intimacy they had had with Him during His mortal life.
Christ presents Himself to us as the most beautiful of the sons of men...what must not His beauty be now that He has vanquished death, and permits the rays of His glory to shine forth without restraint?