Holy Saturday traces our Salvation History at the Easter Vigil. We sit and wait for Christ, some of us racked in our own fear that as Lent ends perhaps we feel we still do not know what we need to die to in order to unite to Christ-or that we find it difficult to do so. Regardless of fear, we have and need faith--the faith that tells us that Christ has redeemed the world despite the darkness of our sins. Alleluia.
Quia per Sanctam Crucem Tuam Redemisti Munum (Because By Your Holy Cross You Have Redeemed the World)
For those who are entering the church tonight--welcome! Congratulations on a long Lenten and perhaps lifelong journey to our church. Know that we need you, God needs you, the church needs your gifts and are grateful for you.
Your humble blogger is Mike Hayes, a well-known expert in the world of young adult ministry (20s and 30s) in the Catholic Church. Mike is the author of Googling God (Paulist, 2007) where he explores both the chaotic world that young people live in and their religious reactions to that world. He also explores the age of instant gratification and how churches can respond to the needs of the young adult age by using technology alongside more traditional ministry methods.
Mike founded the award winning BustedHalo.com® in 2001 and continues to contribute to it as the editor of their catechetical section appropriately named Googling God.
Recently, he left BustedHalo® to focus on more direct ministry with young people at St Joseph University Parish as a Campus Minister for the South Campus at the University at Buffalo.
He has only two loves: his adorable wife, Marion and a nine pound chihuahua named Haze, who still find him amusing enough to let them live in their home.