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1998 of the Risen Lord, ster at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Indianapolis. but I am quick to add it was not unpleasant. Quite the contrary. It I had accepted the invitation of our Holy Father to become bishop of my ordination day on April 11, 1989. Those Holy Week character for me. year that I am privileged to celebrate Holy Week, a new question or so ge, different insights have a way of making themselves known. Some- the source; other times, tragedies. unusual number of,wanton killings of innocent people tlqis winter. those who have lost loved ones? How can we console the mothers of the capable. I suspect only a mother who has lost a daughter or son can. OWn way does our best. is one of those who understands. We entrust the sorrowing, espe- her. the foot of the cross. How she must have ached body of her son; her innocent son dead by execution! How she must forth cradling the body of her son in her arms whispering that her son more. - her? John, Mary Magdalene and Mary, the sister of Cleophas were know of at the foot of the cross. The others had all scattered. Joseph of raost helpful to a grief-stricken Mother in a strange place. He, a follower of her made his own tomb available. :lear. There is a significant piece of the Easter puzzle that is the report! The name of Mary, Jesus' Mother is not mentioned ih any scripture. Did Jesus appear to others and not Mary, His Mother? has His own way of making Himself known to grieving mothers. Let us have lost children to Mary's consoling embrace. consolation of Easter be yours in abundance. Let us continue our dailv Faithfully yours in Christ, Happy Easter! A statue of the risen Christ greets parishoners and visitors at St. Mary Church, Washington. Triduum: and Easter April ical I and Easter four light, hl the dark! dark- have celebration of the year ous cross. As the Victory of Christ, the Light of the World, conquered the darkness of sin (cf. Prologue of the. Gospel of John), we are ritualizing and cel- ebrating the mystery by com- mitting what has been referred to as "ritual arson." Darkness and Sin have been destroyed, conquered and beaten to a pulp! to an ash! Story. Every people, every nation, has its story. It is a story that is told over and over, a story that is handed on to chil- dren and all of those who choose to join a nation or a fam- ily later in life. (Recall the Bi- centennial of the United States all four of the elements we U.S. senators? Dan Coats, (202) 224-5623, ts.senate.gov. Dick Lugar, (202) 224-4814, are speaking of were there. Part of the celebration was telling the story to and swearing-in new citizens who were immigrants to this country.) In the Vigil we tell the story of creation, life and salvation history. Water. Water is blessed for all of those who will be baptized during the fifty days of Easter (including those to be baptized during the Vigil). We have seen in salvation history how water has saved, how it is life-giving; those to be immersed into the death of Jesus are immersed in the waters of baptism imitating Jesus going into the tomb only to be raised to new life! (The already baptized renew their baptismal vows; they will re- commit themselves to living it out in "Amen! "when they are presented "The Body of Christ" at communion time.) Food. We offer the supreme act of worship as we now cele- brate the Eucharist. We remem- ber and give thanks for the sav- ing acts of God. We proclaim the mystery: "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come See TRIDUUM page 2 U.S. cardinal questions Clinton Communion decision PHILADELPHIA (CNS) Cardinal Anthony M. Bevilacqua of Philadelphia said March 31 that "serious questions exist" whether President Clinton's reception of Communion at a Catholic Mass was in accord with church guidelines. The president, a Baptist, and first lady Hillary Rodham Clin- ton, a Methodist, received Com- munion March 29 at a Mass in Soweto, South Africa, during their ll-day tour of Africa. In a written statement Cardi- nal Bevilacqua said he presumed "the good faith and intention of the president and the priest who celebrated the Mass." But he added, "It would appear from the information provided at this time that not all the (Catholic Church's) condi- tions required for lawful recep- tion of Communion by President Clinton were fulfilled." He said the conditions for non- Catholic Christians to share in the sacramental life of the " Catholic Church are outlined in See CLINTON page 2 Siberian Orphans ................. Dr. Beaven ...... Page 7 Vincennes Dedication ................. Page 9