POPE PIUS XII’S EASTER MESSAGE

POPE PIUS XII’S EASTER MESSAGE.

This message was delivered during World War II. It was a time of anti-everything. The Germans were anti-Semitic, the Soviets were anti-capitalism, The U.S. was anti-communist/Nazi (making for odd political bed-fellows in that the U.S. and Russia were “allies” ), the … Well, it just goes on and on. Today? I think we live in a similar anti-whatever climate. People talk about climate change. Today might be a good day to pray for a resurrection of solid values, true peace, and an end to anti-fill-in-the-blank.

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Published in: on April 20, 2014 at 3:00 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. Happy Easter, J-M. May God bless you throughout the Easter season and throughout the year!

    After reading Pope Pius’ Easter Message, I ask: How did we get from angels proclaiming “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will” (Lk 2:14) to Christ declaring “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword” (Mt 10:34)? At the time Christ was born, people thought the long-awaited messiah would defeat the temporal powers who were oppressing them; but the good angels tell us this is not so, and Christ instructs us to “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar” (Mt 22:21). The enemy Christ defeats is everlasting spiritual death, a death into which fallen angels try to lead us. Although we might attain brief moments of temporal peace during our earthly lives, we cannot escape the struggle against spiritual death; and Christ cautions us that this struggle can even put us at odds with relatives who reject God’s grace.

    • Happy Easter to you too. And the peace of Christ to us all. 🙂


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