Alleluia! The Lord is Risen!
"The word 'Easter' comes from Old English, meaning simply the 'East.' The sun which rises in the East, bringing light, warmth and hope, is a symbol for the Christian of the rising Christ, who is the true Light of the world" (USCCB. "Easter." United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Accessed April 7, 2017. www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/easter/index.cfm).
As we celebrate Easter, let us remember to pray for the victims of the bomb explosion in
Egypt's Coptic churches and those who help them. In places torn by violence and hatred, let us turn to Christ the true Light who "dispels wickedness, washes faults away, restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners, drives out hatred, fosters concord, and brings down the mighty." (Roman Missal, Longer Form of the Easter Proclamation)
May the Risen Christ fill you with hope, peace and joy He alone can give,
Sr. Myrna Tordillo, mscs
Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church/Asian and Pacific Island Affairs