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An Easter Alleluia!

Easter is the most unique of all the feasts we Christians celebrate.  Simultaneously it is marked by both the heights of joy and and the depths of grief.  I have always thought of both of these as competing for the spiritual space in our lives.  Both are exceedingly powerful and all-encompassing.  At one moment our lives are buoyed up to beyond-the-imagination levels, and the next moment destabilized with sadness and emotional blindness.   

The late Thomas Merton, a Christian monk who lived near Louisville, KY, was one of the true American spiritual mystics of the last century.  Once during a particularly difficult period in his life, when was struggling with grief over his identity as a person of faith, he wrote:
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.  But I believe that the des…