May the light of Christ shine in your hearts
We come to this Easter keenly aware of the darkness that shrouds our world. It is manifested in wars, violence, terrorism and atrocities committed in the name of religion. Hunger and disease strike the poorest and the weakest. Religious, racial, and ethnic prejudice cast dark shadows and human life is treated as anything but sacred.
As the light from the Paschal Candle overcomes the darkness that fills the church at the Easter Vigil, the Church proclaims at Easter that Christ is our Light. He alone can pierce the darkness of our world, He alone is our hope. At the Masses of Easter as we renew our Baptism commitment, we also pray that as Catholic Christians we might be renewed in our commitment to witness to all that Christ is the true light we seek.
Jesus greeted his disciples on Easter night with the words “Peace be with you.” On behalf of all of the members of our parish pastoral staff, I wish to extend to all of you our prayers that this Easter might be a time of joy during which you come to know the “peace” that Jesus alone can give. May the light of Christ shine in your hearts and the proclamation “He is Risen” bring to you hope this Easter and all the days of your life.