Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

An Easter Alphabet ~ Christ is Risen!

The Volto Santo of Manoppello

A is for Christos Anesti ~ Christ is Risen in Greek.
B is for Beach-Breakfast ~ Jesus prepared Easter morning.
C is for Crocus flower ~ capturing the goodness surrounding us.
D is for Easter Dawn ~ start of a new inner day.
E is for Earthquake ~ a shaking up of old ideas.
F is for Good Friday ~ the Divine Heart opening wide.
G is for the Roman Guard ~ sealing the tomb to keep Jesus in.
H is for the Honeycomb ~  the Risen Jesus ate.
I is for Idolatries ~ our pride, our power, our money.
J is for Jerusalem ~ holy city in need of peace.
K is for Kidron Valley ~ on our way to Gethsemane's Garden.
L is for Last Supper ~ the meal of friendship before Jesus' arrest.
M is for the Myrrh-bearing women ~ who persevered in love.
N is for the Napkin ~ rolled up in the tomb, a place by itself.
O is for Easter Oratorio ~ Bach's gift of perfect joy.
P is for Peter ~ "Do you love me?" Jesus asked.
Q is for the Qualities of Jesus ~ attentive and tender mercy.
R is for Revolution ~ triumph of love over hate.
S is for Sadness ~ dispelled by Christ's bright rising.
T is for Thomas  ~ declaring Jesus Lord and God.
U is for Unconditional ~ Loving people as I find them or as they may become.
V is for Volto Santo ~ the face of Jesus Risen.
W is for Christ's Wounds ~ bright shining like rubies.
X is for martyr-pope Xystus ~ whose name means standing in the good.
Y is for Yield ~ surrendering my heart to be taught by Christ.
Z is for Zeal ~ impulse of my heart towards the good.


  1. Happy Easter Father Stephen! I wish you much peace and happiness.

  2. J is for Joy as the women saw Him and their hearts believed.
    B is for blessed are we who have not seen, but still believe.
    T is for the thanks I give to you for keeping our eyes and hearts always open to Jesus.

  3. I love this Easter Alphabet. Christ is Risen. He is truly Risen. Such joy in my heart!

  4. Easter Blessings Father Stephen. Thank you for your spiritual guidance. My faith has never felt this strong and alive.

  5. Jesus'resurrection changed everything and gave final and irrefutable proof that He was really the Son of God and that He had conquered death once and for all. The meaning of Easter is Jesus Christ's victory over death. His resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. A is for Alleluia! Praise be the Lord!

  6. Love your original pieces Father. We are blessed.

    1. Christ is Risen! Risen indeed! I send a blessing to all the folks who follow the posts here.

  7. The Baxley FamilyMarch 27, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Happy Easter Father Stephen. We appreciate the time and thought that must go into your blog here. Your words carry us and stimulate our faith.

    1. Easter is too big for one day so it has an octave - an overflow of 8 days. I'll put up a post for each of those days - then take a little rest. Maybe!

  8. Father, I hope you know how much you are loved. Happy Easter!!!

  9. Keep doing what you're doing here Father. God bless you and Happy Easter. Christ is risen and you are guiding us to him.

  10. Thank you for this daily meditation. I look forward to it everyday.
    Blessings in all your work. Happy Easter!

  11. I can feel your joy. I'm so glad to know you are out there and happily connecting with people as you have always done in person.

  12. A nice Easter tribute. I just signed up for your e-mail subscription. Looking forward to reading more from you.

  13. Christ is Risen! During Lent there was a post everyday and then through the Easter Octave. After Monday I'll return to the usual posting time of Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Thursday is always intercessions that some folks use to get ready for Sunday Mass. Some even read them on their phone before Mass begins. Anyway, welcome, and a blessing in the Easter Season!