Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb by Fra Angelico 1441

We join our Easter greeting with the words of His Holiness Pope Francis as sends his first Easter message “to the city and to  the world”:

I would like it to enter every heart, for it is there that God wants to sow this Good News: Jesus is risen, there is hope for you, you are no longer in the power of sin, of evil! Love has triumphed, mercy has been victorious! We too, like the women who were Jesus’ disciples, who went to the tomb and found it empty, may wonder what this event means (cf. Lk 24:4). What does it mean that Jesus is risen? It means that the love of God is stronger than evil and death itself; it means that the love of God can transform our lives and let those desert places in our hearts bloom.

See the complete 2013 Urbi et Orbi Message

Also, to all those who received sacraments for the first time at the Easter Vigil, we wish to congratulate you, welcome you into the family of the Church, and assure you of our prayers for you.  Here again are the Holy Father’s words to us about the sacraments:

The grace contained in the Easter Sacraments is an enormous source of strength for renewal in personal and family life, as well as for social relations. Nevertheless, everything passes through the human heart: if I allow myself to be reached by the grace of the risen Christ, if I let that grace change for the better whatever is not good in me, [to change whatever] might do harm to me and to others, then I allow the victory of Christ to affirm itself in in my life, to broaden its beneficial action. This is the power of grace! Without grace we can do nothing – without grace we can do nothing! And with the grace of Baptism and Holy Communion, we can become an instrument of God’s mercy – that beautiful mercy of God.

See the complete 2013 Easter Regina coeli Message

Happy Easter!  He is Risen!  He is truly Risen!