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An Easter message from Bishop Robert P. Deeley

PORTLAND, Maine — Bishop Robert P. Deeley of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland shared his Easter message on Easter Sunday, April 21.

“A blessed Easter to you all,” the bishop stated. “This beautiful feast recalls for us the truth that is the heart of our faith: Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and we, sharing in that resurrection, have been saved and given the gift of hope.

“Over the course of Holy Week, Jesus once again invited us to accept the gifts of forgiveness and reconciliation that he won for us in his Passion, Death, and Resurrection. In the mystery of Easter, we are renewed in faith and hope. In times of suffering and tragedy, we know that we can trust in that faith. The God who raised Jesus from the dead will never abandon us.

“Our faith is not a gift to be kept. It is to be celebrated and shared. The challenge for us who profess belief in the resurrection is to show in our lives that we are different because Jesus has risen. Allow this gift of faith to transform your life. Every time we try to heal a wrong that has been done, offer a gesture of friendship to one who is lost, or help others to know the joy we know in the Lord, we celebrate Easter.

“Your life will be richer, more joyous, and truer when it is lived in imitation of the risen Lord,” he concluded. “I pray that you and your loved ones have a blessed Easter. May the Lord open all our hearts to receive the gift of faith and live in the joy and hope it brings us.”

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