Easter Sacraments Offer Huge Potential for Renewal, Pope Francis Says
Holy Father encourages the faithful to receive the grace of the risen Christ at his first ‘Regina Coeli’ gathering.
BY ESTEFANIA AGUIRRE/CNA/EWTN NEWS
| Posted 4/1/13 at 8:42 AM
VATICAN CITY — The Pope told a crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the “Regina Coeli” that the grace from the sacraments received at Easter can renew relationships.
“The grace contained in Easter sacraments has a huge potential for renewal in personal life, family life and social relations,” Pope Francis said April 1 to a packed St. Peter’s Square.
He noted that “everything passes through the human heart,” and the sacraments allow people to “receive the grace of the risen Christ,” which gives them the freedom to change those faults that “can hurt me and others.”
The Pope underscored that this “allows the victory of Christ to remain in my life and broaden its beneficial action.”
“Without grace, we can do nothing; and with the grace of baptism and holy Communion, we can become an instrument of God's mercy,” he said.
“Expressing in life the sacrament we have received here, dear brothers and sisters, is our daily work, but I would say it is also our daily joy,” the Holy Father added.
Today’s Mass liturgy recalls Peter the Apostle preaching on Jesus’ resurrection to crowds in Jerusalem.
He called on the power of the resurrection of Christ to reach everyone, the Pope recalled, “especially those who suffer” and those in “all situations in need of confidence and hope.”
Christ has conquered evil “fully and definitively,” he said, but “it is up to us to welcome this victory in our lives and in the realities of history and society.”
Chuckles were heard across St. Peter’s Square after the Pope concluded the gathering by saying, “Thank you all, and have a great lunch.”
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