St. Peter's Square
1st April 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Good Morning and a Happy Easter to you
all! I thank you for coming here today too in such large
numbers, to share in the joy of Easter, the central
mystery of our faith. May the power of Christ’s
Resurrection reach every person — especially those who
are suffering — and all the situations most in need of
trust and hope.
Christ has fully triumphed over evil
once and for all, but it is up to us, to the people of
every epoch, to welcome this victory into our life and
into the actual situations of history and society. For
this reason it seems to me important to emphasize what
we ask God today in the liturgy. “O God, who give
constant increase/to your Church by new offspring,/grant
that your servants may hold fast in their lives/to the
Sacrament they have received in faith” (Collect, Monday
within the Octave of Easter).
It is true, yes, Baptism that makes us
children of God and the Eucharist that unites us to
Christ must become life, that is, they must be expressed
in attitudes, behaviour, gestures and decisions. The
grace contained in the Sacraments of Easter is an
enormous potential for the renewal of our personal
existence, of family life, of social relations. However
everything passes through the human heart: if I let
myself be touched by the grace of the Risen Christ, if I
let him change me in that aspect of mine which is not
good, which can hurt me and others, I allow the victory
of Christ to be affirmed in my life, to broaden its
beneficial action. This is the power of grace! Without
grace we can do nothing. Without grace we can do
nothing! And with the grace of Baptism and of
Eucharistic Communion I can become an instrument of
God’s mercy, of that beautiful mercy of God.
To express in life the sacrament we have
received: dear brothers and sisters, this is our daily
duty, but I would also say our daily joy! The joy of
feeling we are instruments of Christ’s grace, like
branches of the vine that is Christ himself, brought to
life by the sap of his Spirit!
Let us pray together, in the name of the
dead and Risen Lord and through the intercession of Mary
Most Holy, that the Paschal Mystery may work profoundly
within us and in our time so that hatred may give way to
love, falsehood to truth, revenge to forgiveness, and
sadness to joy.
After the Regina Caeli:
I greet you all with deep affection,
dear pilgrims who have come from various continents to
take part in this prayer meeting. I hope that each one
of you may have a peaceful Easter Monday, the day on
which the joyful proclamation of Easter rings out.
Christ is Risen! Happy Easter to you all.
Happy Easter to you all and have a good