Easter Letter 2008

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen” (Luke 24:5-6). These words, spoken originally to three women at daybreak on the first Easter, are now being spoken to us this Easter.
At this time of year the Church proclaims that something radically new and wonderful happened on that first Easter morning: Jesus Christ was raised and we were promised new and unending life. The Risen Lord Jesus has triumphed over evil, sin, and death and now lives to mediate and advocate for us before God the Father.  And this fact should be one which changes our individual lives forever.  Because the Lord Jesus is truly risen and because He shares His risen life with us, we can cope with the uncertainties, problems, and challenges which come to us in our daily lives.

Do you know what instruction, what order, is given, again and again, by God, by angels, by Jesus, by the prophets and the apostles?  The most frequent command in the Bible is : ‘Don’t be afraid. Fear not.’  In the Risen Lord we find the strength to persevere in the face of temptation and difficulty and to remain faithful to our baptismal promises to avoid sin, to live our Faith in all its fullness, and to love God and our neighbor.
With the Easter proclamation every Christian may live with great hope and inner joy because our Risen Lord and Savior is at our side: in our homes, in the workplace, in daily life, wherever we go.

On this Easter and throughout the Easter season, I am praying for each of you, asking the Risen Lord Jesus to fill you with the hope, peace, and joy which He alone can give. May you have a blessed Easter!
Faithfully in Christ,

Father Hines+

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