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The Catholic News & Herald 1 March 22, 2002 March 22, 2002 Volume 11 t Number 27 S e r v i n g C a t h o l i c s in Western North Carolina in the Diocese of Charlotte Inside Nephew chronicles the life of St. David ...Page 8 Chocolate Sunday offers much for children ...Page 15 Sister embraces vocation, develops spirituality ...Page 16 Local News Sisters tackle multiculturalism, more ...Page 5 New Hispanic pastoral plan in the works ...Page 7 Every Week Entertainment ...Pages 10-11 Editorials & Columns ...Pages 12-13 If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory. — Colossians 3:1-4 The Meaning of Easter The sun that rose that first Easter morning saw Mary of Magdela hurrying to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus. She had witnessed His death on the cross; now she would offer Him her final act of love. An empty tomb awaited her. Yet, within moments, she heard her name, “Mary,” and she turned to look upon the Risen Christ. From that graveyard of death she hurried with the message of eternal life: “I have seen the Lord!” Her words echoed throughout the centuries and will continue until the end of time. If the message of Easter is a message of joy, it is because it is the assurance of eternal life beyond the grave. But, if we would share in the life offered by Christ, we must first be willing to share in His death. As Christ died for sin, His followers must be willing to die to sin. The message of Easter is essentially spiritual; it has nothing in common with a philosophy that teaches that life on earth has no relationship with eternal life. America is very slowly emerging from the tomb of grief created by the tragic events of last September. Yet, reports of moral corruption and terrorist attacks continue to destroy innocent lives daily. This is ample proof that, as long as men and women forget God and fail to see Him in their neighbor, selfishness, cruelty and hate will rule the human heart. Our world needs Jesus — it cannot do without Him. Before He came, “might made right.” Without Him, that evil principle will prevail. If you and I would do our part to set the world right, we must be willing to follow Christ with an undivided heart. Discipleship with Christ demands an identity with Him. His life flows into our lives as members of His Body on earth. Nourished and strengthened by His presence in sacrament and prayer, our words and deeds become the extension of His life on earth. God has willed that the Good News of His love and mercy be placed in our hands. Yes, for Christians, Easter solves the riddle of life and death. It points beyond the grave to the world to come. There we will one day lay down the burdens of our years and, homeward bound, pass to life with Christ and immortality. Most Reverend William G. Curlin Bishop of Charlotte

March 22, 2002

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