May the joy of the Risen Christ touch and transform your lives! I pray that the peace that Jesus offered to the apostles and those gathered on that first Easter morning will be experienced personally and profoundly by each of you. I am reminded of St. Augustine's thoughts on the experience of Lent and Easter:
“Because there are these two periods of time - the one that now is, beset with the trials and troubles of this life, and the other yet to come, a life of everlasting serenity and joy - we are given two liturgical seasons, one before Easter and the other after. The season before Easte...