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An Easter Message from Our Chaplain

An Easter Message from Our Chaplain

To those in our Canterbury community who celebrate, Happy Easter!

Today, the Church renews the proclamation made by the first disciples: “Jesus is Risen!” And from mouth to mouth, from heart to heart, there resounds a call to praise: “Alleluia! Alleluia!” On Easter morning, the perennial youth of the Church and of humanity as a whole is renewed. 

Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way, as St. Paul writes, He brings youth to our world. Everything He touches becomes young, new, and full of life. The Risen Christ is with us and never abandons us. However far we may wander, He is there. He calls us and waits for us to return to Him and begin again. Whenever we feel weary out of sorrow, resentment or fear, doubt or failure, Christ the Redeemer will always be there to restore our strength, hope, and vision.

Before the many sufferings of our day, may the Lord of life not find us cold or indifferent. May He make us builders of bridges, not walls. May the One who gives us His peace enable us to share that same gift in creative hope. And may the Risen Christ, who flung open the door of the tomb, further open our hearts to the needs of the disadvantaged, the vulnerable, the poor, the unemployed, the marginalized, and all those who knock at our door in search of bread, refuge, and the recognition of their dignity.

Christ is alive! He is hope and youth for each of us and the entire world. May we allow ourselves to be renewed by Him! 

God bless you and your family abundantly during this joyous season.

Rev. Brendan Horan, S.J.