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Faces of Easter
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Contents

Introduction 1
First Week of Easter: Victory over Death 5
Easter Sunday: The Light of the World 7
Monday of the Octave of Easter: Walter 9
Tuesday of the Octave of Easter: Daniel 12
Wednesday of the Octave of Easter: Easter Witnesses 14
Thursday of the Octave of Easter: Rita 16
Friday of the Octave of Easter: Ernest 19
Saturday of the Octave of Easter:
Sorrowful Mothers 21

Second Week of Easter: Sharing in the Cross 25
Second Sunday of Easter: The Artist 26
Monday of the Second Week of Easter: The Film Editor 28
Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter: Mary Ann 31
Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter: The Throng 33
Thursday of the Second Week of Easter: Willie 36
Friday of the Second Week of Easter: The Day Hiker 38
Saturday of the Second Week of Easter: Mina 41

Third Week of Easter: From Fear to Courage 43
Third Sunday of Easter: A Fearful Disciple 45
Monday of the Third Week of Easter: The Dawn from on High 47
Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter: Children of the Promise 49
Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter: Dodgeball Players 51
Thursday of the Third Week of Easter: Charles 54
Friday of the Third Week of Easter: Birds 56
Saturday of the Third Week of Easter: Nuno 58

Fourth Week of Easter: Serving One Another 63
Fourth Sunday of Easter: Sunday Preachers 64
Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter: Mike 66
Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter: Marvin 68
Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter: Donors 70
Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter: Lawrence 73
Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter: Sharonda 75
Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter: Three Witnesses 78

Fifth Week of Easter: Walking in the Spirit 81
Fifth Sunday of Easter: Gwendolyn 81
Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter: Door Holders 84
Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter: Leo 86
Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter: Chain-Breakers 88
Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter: Children of Joy 90
Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter: The Spirit of Surprise 93
Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter: Carl 95

Sixth Week of Easter: Unity in the Risen Christ 99
Sixth Sunday of Easter: The New Brothers 99
Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter: Peter Miller 103
Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter: Soccer Fans 105
Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter: We, the Branches 107
Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter: Community of Believers 109
Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter: Neighborhood Helpers 111
Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter: Thirsty Neighbors 114

Seventh Week of Easter: Glimpses of Light 117
Seventh Sunday of Easter: Freshmen Rowers 117
Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter: All the Nations 120
Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter: Abraham Pierson 123
Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter: Cartwheel Kid 125
Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter: Heavenly Cooks 127
Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter: The Garden Lady 129
Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter: Circus People 131
Pentecost Sunday: Pentecost People 135
Epilogue 139

About the Author

Albert Holtz, OSB, is a monk of Newark Abbey in Newark, New Jersey, where he is the director of formation and teaches New Testament in the monastery's inner-city prep school. His frequent long walks on the streets of downtown Newark have made him familiar with the people and the scenes of his native city. He gives retreats to monasteries of men and women around the United States and has published several books of meditations, including Pilgrim Road: A Benedictine Journey Through Lent and From Holidays to Holy Days: A Benedictine Journey Through Advent and Christmas.

Reviews

"Fr. Albert Holtz is a good companion to have on this daily walk through the Easter season. As he shares the events in his life we learn to open our eyes to the surprises we might walk past without seeing them. He shines the light of Easter into the drama of the inner city and often, because he is open and hopeful, see it shining back."Jerome Kodell, OSB, Subiaco Abbey
"Fr. Albert Holtz's reflections on Faces of Easter reminds us both of the homeliness and of the mystery of Easter. The many vignettes of his neighbors invite us readers to look for Christ in our own homes and neighbors. Yet each of his offerings are open-ended, requiring us to look deeper, lectio-style, into the moments of every day, willing to be surprised and welcomed by the risen Christ known by faith and encountered anew here and now. Fr. Albert is willing to share his own vulnerability and growing edges, which in turn encourages us to accept our own."Norvene Vest, Author of Preferring Christ, a Devotional Commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict
"The Easter celebration does not end with Easter Sunday. Holtz leads us gracefully through the whole season. His deceptively simple book is truly a nourishing companion for all of it. The meditations for each day are based on the author's experience and lifelong wisdom. The reader is drawn to mine the insights of his or her own stories to discover God's hand there too. A lifelong alleluia!"Irene Nowell, OSB, author of Wisdom: The Good Life
"In these insightful and engaging stories, Fr. Holtz introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters-some old friends, some chance encounters-who help him understand the many dimensions of the Easter mystery. He also encourages us to see in the faces of the people in our own lives an illumination not only of the mysteries of suffering and loss but also of spiritual connection, redemption, and hope. What a timely gift this book is."Elizabeth Wiegard, mother of student activist Emma Gonzalez
"Each story pulls at the heart and imagination, sometimes lighthearted, sometimes gravely serious, but always with a familiarity that rings true. A simple reflection follows each entry to focus the reader on the connection between daily reality and the real presence of the promise of Christ. Although this book is specifically arranged to follow the time between Easter and Pentecost, it is nonetheless a valuable resource for reflection throughout the year." American Benedictine Review

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