Holy Saturday retreat: The peace of Easter
Bryan Warnecke is a 15-year-old
who suffers from cystic fibrosis,
a fatal disease of the digestive system
that eventually shuts down the lungs.
Despite his daily rigorous treatment,
the disease is expected to end Bryan’s life
by the time he’s 36.
Yet far from sulking like a despairing victim
and giving up on life,
Bryan has chosen to live in hope,
appreciating every single day that he is blessed with.
Easter hope brings peace
even in the midst of turbulence.
Easter tells us that peace
is not so much about the absence
of turmoil – or problems or crisis.
Rather, it is more about doing the right thing,
doing what God wants us to do –
even if it is not easy or even if it is painful.
This is precisely what our Lord has done
in His Passion and Death.
Peace is a subversive presence,
hiding and lingering
even where it is totally unexpected.
Bryan is the subject of OneRepublic’s music video,
“I Lived,” a song about living life to the fullest,
regardless of what cards it may deal out to us.
It is an Easter story, brimming with a hope
and filled with a sense of peace
that comes not from this world.
Watch the inspiring video here:
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