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"We Are the Easter People,

and Alleluia Is Our Song."

Pope John Paul II

Dear Sisters,

Easter is our greatest celebration of  Hope. It is a Feast of Light breaking through darkness to shine into our world and destroy evil. The Holy Spirit has just led us through a parched desert for 40 days of thirstiness. Now we have come to the fresh Oasis of life, which sprang forth from the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Acts 10:34, 37-43; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9

“Stay in control” is such a theme in our lives.  Schedules and lists march through our days on their stouthearted quest for order.  What is unexpected or insurgent can be kept at bay with vigilance.  The threats to our fragile sense of direction are many.  We choose a goal, since almost any goal is better than drifting and wasting our lives.  Stay focused.  Try to make sense of things no matter how troubling they seem at first.  Look for reasons, since what doesn’t make sense can’t mean very much.  Ignore or screen out what we can’t control.  Even if my life sways like a raft at sea, at least I can avert my eyes from those surging waters.  My smallness can be terrifying.  Better not to see.

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Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday.  He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:

"These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: 'My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.' The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy."

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