TORONTO, ON April 2, 2018 – Please accept the CCRL’s very best for a joyous Easter.

Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen!

Inspiration for the journey of the next 50 days, and thereafter, can come from the encounter with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. While only a short reference in Mark 16:12-13, the story of that encounter in Luke 24:13-35 later in the day of Easter Sunday holds much to contemplate.

We, as disciples, need to be open to the word of God in our midst: “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

Ultimately, we encounter Jesus in the sacraments – as in the Eucharist, with the disciples at Emmaus, or the parallel story of the encounter with the eunuch by Philip, resulting in his baptism.

His presence changes us, and encourages the disciples to be more hospitable, “Stay with us”. After the encounter, the disciples return to Jerusalem, in a missionary zeal, where Christ appears to the apostles gathered there.

In some cases, our zeal needs to be incorporated within our own homes, within our own extended families, or within our own parish communities.

We may then be better suited to take on the encounter with the broader society with the zeal found in the encounter with the risen Christ.

Let us find that time with our risen Lord, and be ambassadors of the joy of His victory over death.

Phil Horgan, CCRL President


About the CCRL

Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) ( assists in creating conditions within which Catholic teachings can be better understood, cooperates with other organizations in defending civil rights in Canada, and opposes defamation and discrimination against Catholics on the basis of their beliefs. The CCRL was founded in 1985 as an independent lay organization with a large nationwide membership base. The CCRL is a Canadian non-profit organization entirely supported by the generosity of its members.

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For further information:

Christian Domenic Elia, PhD
CCRL Executive Director