Bishop Robert Coerver of Lubbock, Texas, prepares the Paschal Candle during the Easter Vigil at Christ the King Cathedral. “Good news cannot be contained,” Bishop Coerver preached during the vigil. “We hurry to call our best friend. We run home to tell the family. Good news must be shared because it wells up in us; it burst us out of ourselves…. Jesus lives in us!”
Fuel for our faith
“The angel greets the women at the tomb with three phrases: ‘Do not be afraid,’ ‘Come and see,’ ‘Go and tell.’
Do not be afraid to come together and stand with victims of violence and discrimination. Do not be afraid of the challenge of taking up afresh the mission of Christ.
Come and see what others are doing to break down barriers of hostility and injustice and join them. Come and see how we can better pass on the faith to the next generation in our families.
Go and tell others who suffer in poverty that you are with them. Go and tell your children why you believe in Jesus.
What the angel told the women and tells us today is, ‘Yes, Christ is risen, and so must you rise to all that God has in store for you.’ Let Christ’s resurrection fuel our faith.” — Cardinal Blase Cupich in his Easter message, April 15, 2017
The pope on hope
“To Christians, the future does have a name, and its name is Hope.
Feeling hopeful does not mean to be optimistically naïve and ignore the tragedy humanity is facing. Hope is the virtue of a heart that doesn’t lock itself into darkness, that doesn’t dwell on the past, does not simply get by in the present, but is able to see a tomorrow.” — Quote from Pope Francis in his TED Talk, April 25, 2017
Share the love of God
“Jesus waits for you and me, embracing us in our moments of greatest need and desire.
Welcome the love of God into your life. Share it with those around you, especially the most vulnerable of our sisters and brothers.
In this way, we proclaim with Mary of Magdala, ‘I have seen the Lord.’ Sing joyfully, ‘The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.’” — Cardinal Daniel DiNardo in his USCCB Easter message, April 17, 2017
How to sleep well
“I live in peace. I cannot explain it. If there is a problem, I write a note to St. Joseph and put it under a statue that I have in my room. It is a statue of St. Joseph sleeping. Now he sleeps on a mattress of notes.
That’s why I sleep well: it is the grace of God.
I believe that everyone must seek to discover what the Lord has chosen for them. After all, losing peace does not help us. … But never wash your hands of problems.
We have to go forth. We’ll make mistakes, sometimes, yes, but God’s mercy is always on our side.” — Pope Francis, Encounter with Superiors General, La Civiltà Cattolica, Feb. 9, 2017