Easter’s message of hope helps us face trials, bishops say

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MANILA, March 31, 2013— Easter’s message of hope could help the faithful face life’s challenges, Catholic Church leaders said.

Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said that turning to God is the most creative approach to problem solving ever imagined.

“It is time to look to God, the giver of life. Let us welcome the action of God who once raised a crucified Nazarean to life and made Him our hope, our Lord,” Tagle said in his Easter message.

When “brokenness” strikes individuals and families, “we often experience the need for an infusion of fresh life,” the Manila archbishop said.

Unfortunately, he said, despite human efforts, we still see in society, “tombs” of hunger, unemployment, homelessness, violence, discrimination, injustice and corruption

“There will never be any true resurrection from our individual, familial, societal and environmental ‘tombs’ if we do not allow God to act. Make room for God – He will raise us to true life with Jesus,” he said.

The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines called on the faithful to integrate their faith with their daily lives, saying that “our future resurrection depends on our life of faith today.”

“Our rejoicing and gladness today must therefore be paired with a renewed and gladsome struggle to live our faith in thought, words and deeds everyday,” said Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, CBCP president.

“And if ever we sin, let us return to God through the Sacrament of Penance, so that we may continuously experience a foretaste of our future resurrection by rising from the grave of sin to a new life of grace,” he said. (CBCPNews)

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