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Sunday, April 5, 2015
Who was the First Person Christ Appeared to After His Resurrection?

Who was the first person the Risen Christ appeared to? His Mother!

No less than six doctors of the Church, including Sts. Ambrose (c. 340-97), Anselm (1033-1109), and Albert the Great (c. 1206-80) held that Our Lady was the first witness of the Resurrection. Pope Benedict XIV (1740-58) declared that this fact is “based on the tradition proclaimed by ancient architectural and liturgical monuments, starting from Jerusalem itself.”

This acknowledgment, Fr. Hardon contends, finds further expression in the famous Spiritual Exercises of the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). The Spanish priest simply assumes that Jesus appeared in body and soul to His Blessed Mother immediately after rising from the dead. In fact, St. Ignatius makes this Marian mystery the first of 14 meditations on the risen life of Christ. It is the key meditation that introduces the capstone of the spiritual exercises, the “contemplation for obtaining divine love.”

A blessed Easter to all!  Christ is Risen from the dead!  Alleluia!


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