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Easter Letter from Bishop Loverde

MARCH 27, 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Risen Lord Jesus,

As we rejoice on this Easter Day and throughout the fifty days of the Easter season, do not the words of the psalmist echo over and over again: "Praise the Lord, for he is good; for his mercy endures forever" (Ps 136:1)? God's mercy is revealed clearly and so intentionally in the Dying and Rising of His Only-begotten Son, sent to be our Savior and Redeemer precisely through His victory over evil, sin, suffering and eternal death.

Yes, "Jesus Christ is the Face of the Father's Mercy" (Misericordiae Vultus, 1). In His words and actions, we see revealed to us how loved we are by Our Father, how enveloped we are by His mercy. We encounter His mercy every time we receive the Sacrament of Penance, which the Risen Lord Jesus instituted and gave to His apostles and through them to His Church on that first Easter night. During the Last Supper, Jesus Christ instituted both the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Holy Orders, these sacraments being confirmed, in a sense, by His Dying on the Cross and by His Rising on Easter. And in His new commandment to love, the Lord reveals the depths of His Father's mercy towards us and of the corresponding mission given us to be convincing heralds of this same divine mercy to everyone we encounter.

Yes, in the Dying and Rising of Jesus Christ, the mercy of Our God is so clearly revealed, so that, in turn, we become its heralds every day!

Assuring you of my prayers, especially on Easter and throughout the Easter Season, I remain

Faithfully in the Heart of Christ,

Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde

Bishop of Arlington

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016