Catholic Church Among ‘Safest Places’ for Children


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Catholic Church Among ‘Safest Places’ for Children

**The following is the text of the homily given on Easter Sunday 2010 by Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry at St. John Cantius Parish. It was made available to Matt C. Abbott for his RenewAmerica column and is reprinted here by permission. **
Thank you for joining us these days to ponder the mysteries that define us in Christ!
Easter is the reason behind the Christian life. As St. Paul so bluntly wrote: “If Christ has not been raised your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then, those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped we are, of all people, most to be pitied” (1Cor 15, 17-19).
But, we do believe that Jesus was crucified, and died and was buried and was raised from the dead leaving his tomb empty. He appeared to a group of followers who were so transformed that they began a movement that has endured till now, that shapes the very meaning of our lives. And the message is this: Jesus is alive. Death is overcome. Reconciliation with God has been accomplished; therefore we should seek reconciliation with one another.


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