Draw strength and hope from Christ this Easter

Easter reminds that the love of God brings good from evil and light from darkness (Bigstock)

Australia’s Catholic leaders have called on the faithful this Easter to be filled with hope for the future while encouraging Church organisations to continue providing great works of love, care and mercy. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

In their Easter messages, the bishops reflected on local and global issues, including the effects of sexual abuse revelations, the rise of ideologies of hate and the financial and social pressures on families, especially in regions crippled by natural disasters.

They called for Catholics to draw strength from the transformative power of Jesus by using the teachings of Christ to help navigate a path through problems facing families, communities, the Church and the world.

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP said millions of Australians encounter Christ and the Church every day through various ministries, including parishes, schools, hospitals, aged care homes and hospices, organisations supporting the needy and homeless.

He said they are all works of Easter, raising people up, and all were declarations of love, especially for the weak and powerless.

“By these works of mercy, more than our words, will people judge whether we are serious, whether we really believe in the Resurrection, whether Easter is for us and them,” he said in his Easter video address,.

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge reflected on the difficulties facing the world and the Church and the recurring messages of hope in the Old and New Testaments.

“Facing into the darkness of the world and the Church, we too turn to the Cross,” he said.

“Evil is powerful and the darkness is real. But the greater power which raised Jesus from the dead – we call it the love of God – will bring good from evil, light from darkness.”

Catholic Religious Australia president Sr Monica Cavanagh RSJ urged Catholics to use the Easter Triduum to pause, reflect and ask: “Where is the God of Easter wanting to break through in my life?

“Each one of us walks this journey of suffering in solidarity with Jesus each time we allow ourselves to be moved by the atrocities occurring around our world,” she wrote in her Easter message.

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli described how the risen Jesus’ transfigured wounds brought new hope.

“Today begins my first sharing of the Easter season with you as your Archbishop. We have been walking through loss and grief in the Church here in Melbourne and we are so in need of the Lord, who wants us to share in his Easter joy. Christ is alive and he wants us to be alive,” he said in his Easter message.

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Catholics urged to focus on Easter message of hope (ACBC Media Blog)

EASTER MESSAGES 

Adelaide and Port Pirie

Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ's Easter Message 2019

Ballarat

Bishop Paul Bird's Easter Message 2019

Bathurst

Bishop Michael McKenna's Easter Message 2019

Brisbane

Archbishop Mark Coleridge's Easter Message 2019

Broome

Bishop Christopher Saunders' Easter Message 2019

Cairns

Bishop James Foley's Easter Message 2019

Catholic Religious Australia

Sr Monica Cavanagh RSJ's Easter Message 2019

Canberra-Goulburn

Archbishop Christopher Prowse's Easter Message 2019

Darwin

Bishop Charles Gauci's Easter Message 2019

Geraldton

Bishop Michael Morrissey's Easter Message 2019

Hobart

Archbishop Julian Porteous's Easter Message 2019

Melbourne

Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli's Easter Message 2019

Perth

Archbishop Tim Costelloe SDB's Easter Message 2019

Sale

Bishop Pat O'Regan's Easter Message 2019

Sandhurst

Bishop Leslie Tomlinson's Easter Message 2019

Sydney

Archbishop Anthony Fisher's Easter Message 2019

Toowoomba

Bishop Robert McGuckin Easter Message 2019

Townsville

Bishop Tim Harris's Easter Message 2019

Wilcannia-Forbes

Bishop Columba Macbeth Green OSPPE's Easter Message 2019

Wollongong

Bishop Brian Mascord's Easter Message 2019

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