Happy Easter to you all! May the joy of Jesus Resurrected be with you.
Here is Pope Benedict's Easter Message to the world.
Divine Mercy Sunday is coming and it's not too late to begin the Divine Mercy Novena, you can find it by clicking here.
Speaking of mercy, I think the world is crying out for it. The world is a tough place, it's a place that demands "perfection", chastises the exceptional or poor, spurns the helpless, worships image and falsehood and in spite of all that, the world seeps into us. It's a place of trouble. Knowing this, Jesus said, "In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have overcome of the world." Thank God.
God uses the experiences He allows in our life to teach us. He wants us to be truly happy and He knows that as long as we are enslaved to the world and ourselves, we won't be happy. So He sends us help to free us. At first, that freedom feels very painful and we want to go back to our own little Egypt, where things are comfortable even though we are enslaved far more than we can imagine.
But when we are open more and more to the ways God frees us, then we experience the real joy of the Resurrection. We have to die to our slavery in order to live and be truly free. These little triumphs and resurrections come every day. Some days are better than others. Some days we fall down and really crash and burn. Other days we run in the ways of the Lord.
It doesn't matter if we fall, we can always get back up and go back to God, where we belong. Jesus comes to tell us who we really are and reveal our true dignity to us, a dignity that the world cannot give and that the world cannot take away.
Live in that dignity. Life is too short for counterfeits.