Because we’ve been called together, we are a people of celebration, but in our celebrations there is always a note of sadness because not all the people in our world are celebrating. Not everyone is rejoicing. Many today are being crucified in prisons and hospitals, or just downtown in the slum areas. Many people are lonely and in pain. Along with the celebration that rises from a community of thanksgiving, there is a note of pain but also a note of hope. We have been drawn together by God to be a sign of the resurrection and a sign of unity in this world where there is so much division and inner and outer death. We feel small and weak, but we are gathered together to signify the power of God who transforms death into life. That is our hope, that God is doing the impossible: changing death to life inside of each of us, and that perhaps, through our community, each one of us can be agents in the world of this transformation of brokenness into wholeness, and of death into life.
– Jean Vanier
Padre Pio Devotions announces a new book written by Diane Allen and published by Padre Pio Press: They Walked with God: St. Bernadette Soubirous, St. John Vianney, St. Damien of Molokai, St. Andre Bessette, Bl. Solanus Casey
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