is not simply one feast among others,
the FEAST OF FEASTS,
the SOLEMNITY OF SOLEMNITIES.
Because they penetrated so deeply into the mysteries of Christís
sufferings, St. Francis and St. Clare were able to enter full-heartedly
into the joy of His Resurrection.
their lives were centered on the Churchís liturgy, they could appreciate
as few have
new age of the Resurrection (which) fills
the whole liturgical year with its brilliance.
What the Church of their time legislated as THE EASTER DUTY (You shall humbly receive your Creator in Holy Communion at least during the Easter season), they understood as the present CATECHISMíS guaranteeing
minimum reception of the Lordís Body and Blood
in connection with the Paschal feasts,
And so a Cardinal (and future Pope) of the Church could write to
St. Clare of
that glorious joy with
which I discoursed with you on the Body of Christ when I was celebrating
Easter with you.
It was a
glorious joy that gave depth and meaning to an enclosed lifetime of
penance, which bore its own bright witness to the unchanging fact that
RESURRECTION OF JESUS