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Easter joy allays fear

To the editor:

It seemed that this past Easter was extra special in the hearts of people in the Catholic Diocese of Rochester and its surrounding areas, including churches of various denominations. They were filled to near capacity at their services. Could it be as Bishop Matthew Clark mentioned in his “Along the Way” (April issue) that “the message Easter brings is never more relevant and healing than when troubles come our way.” Troubles such as unemployment, the economy, the threat of violence in our lives, etc. Easter offers us not only hope for our time, but for an eternity. As a parishioner of Our Mother of Sorrows, I felt that people were coming out of church Easter Sunday with smiles on their faces and with a song in their hearts as if they were singing “Alleluia! Raise our joys and triumphs high. Our Lord is risen today. Alleluia!” Let us rejoice, indeed. Let us take heart! The words Jesus spoke so long ago still ring within the hearts of all who believe in him today. “Fear not, I am with you always.” Those words alone should give us peace in our hearts and hope for the future.

Joseph P. Paris


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