This is not some kind of pie in the sky theology nor is it a naïve and “Pollyanna” view of life. Rather, it is the firm conviction, born of faith, that knows our Redeemer lives and that caught up in His unfathomable love, all will be well, all will be well (Cf. Juliana of Norwich). Furthermore, it is this faith that allows us to bring hope to the world. We are called to give witness to Christ’s resurrection and to remind people that the risen Christ continues to breathe life into His Church through the working of the Holy Spirit. One very good way to give witness to Christ is by showing mercy. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has extended Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy by declaring this an archdiocesan year of God’s Enduring Mercy. In that light, we are all encouraged to forgive as we have been forgiven, to seek forgiveness from those whom we have harmed and to allow the thread of compassion to weave its way into the fabric of our lives. In other words, death does not have the final word. We believe that our daily trials and difficulties are subsumed into the greater drama of divine Providence which is always leading to the empty tomb and new life. During the holy days of Easter, I pray that we will all be a source of life for each other, wounds and all, as we continue to follow Christ, recognizing Him in the breaking of the bread. It is worth repeating: death never has the last word – Jesus Christ does! Indeed, He is the Word uttered by God the Father, in the Holy Spirit, calling us out of darkness and into His own, wonderful light. Sincerely yours in the Lord,
Most Rev. John C, Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe
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