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Happy Easter!

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If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
— Colossians 3:1

Happy Easter!

The knowledge that the Father wants to raise each of us up with Christ gives us great cause for rejoicing, but it doesn't give us a magic wand. God is inviting us to a banquet of eternal life, but it's an R.S.V.P. invitation. We have to respond.

What kind of response? Holiness. God loves us and wants us to be with Him forever. But, in order to be with Him, we have to become like Him, because nothing unholy can enter the presence of God.

Scripture makes this very clear: "Strive for peace with everyone, and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord" (Heb 12:14). "Be holy; for I, the Lord, your God, am holy" (Lev 20:7).

If you're thinking that this sounds like an impossible command, you're right. There's no way you and I can make ourselves holy. But God can. Popular speaker Babsie Bleasdell explains it this way: "Responsibility is my response to God's ability. My weakness is no deterrent to His grace. All He needs is my 'yes.' " In responding to God, these three steps can get you started:

1. Recognize that "good enough" is not good enough, but that you are called to be a saint.
2. Make this your most important goal, acquiring what Pope John Paul II called "a genuine longing for holiness."
3. Take every opportunity to receive grace, especially through the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.

If you long for holiness above all else and rely on God's grace, He will fill you with the gift of His own life to heal you of sin and make you holy (see Catechism, 1999).

Lord, I believe that You are calling me to be holy, and I say "yes" to that call. Help me to long for holiness and cooperate with Your grace, so that I may become like You and live in Your presence forever. Amen. Alleluia!

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Alisa - Apr 18, 2017

Yes Lord! Heal me of Sin and Make me Holy! Fill me with your Holy Spirit Lord!THank You and Praise You Holy Trinity

Gjergji family. - Apr 18, 2017

We thank you Lord for giving us your son, your only son out Lord Jesus Chris to save us and to give us a internal life.
Thank you for your great goodness and for everything you have done and you continue to do for me and my family.
In Jesus name. Amen

Ingeborg - Apr 17, 2017

Christ is risen from the dead,
Through His death
Healing the humanity from death and sin!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

BOB MARULLO - Apr 17, 2017

Thank you Father for loving us so much you gave us your Son Jesus, who also loved us so much He gave up His life for our redemption. We will never understand it until we are all together with Him in Paradise. Remember me Lord when you come into your Kingdom.

Sue K - Apr 15, 2017

I thank you Jesus for all you do for me and saving me to be a good Catholic I am trying hard! The mission at my church I saw something I was missing in my life!

John P. Maher - Apr 15, 2017

My prayer is:
Dear Jesus:
Do Not let me waste your agony, your suffering, your crucifixion, your death, and your resurrection.

Helen - Apr 15, 2017

Just read the 'Divine Mercy Daily' second day of Novena, which speaks about priests and religious. MY Mother died--had to go through spring internment--'NO PRIEST AVAILABLE' plus he was EXTREMELY MISERABLE AND RUDE!! Eight months later, my Husband died, and that priest pulled a doozy of a stunt at the funeral. Every week, his bulleting is I, I, I,went here--out to lunch--out to dinner--to a movie---to someone's house, etc. Where was his ministry when I needed him? That was two years ago, and still NO ONE from that Parish reached out!! So much for practicing what you preach.

Andrew - Apr 15, 2017


Karen - Apr 15, 2017

May we celebrate God's fulfillment of His promises during this blessed Easter season. For He is the Resurrection and the Life. Through Him we are saved and sanctified. God's blessing to all during this wonderful Joy at Easter.

Melinda Mendes - Apr 15, 2017

Thank you Jesus for healing my spouse from non stop motions a day even after medicines were prescribed we also recited Divine Mercy athe end of the fifth day of his medicines motioons stopped praise be to Christ now n forever pls do continue praying for to gain strength n health. Thank you.

ASTRID - Apr 15, 2017

Lord Jesus thank You for your great love for us, I want to be holy and always close to you. Jesus I trust in You; Jesus I trust in You.

Bridget - Apr 14, 2017

I do confess I find it difficult to get to confession, however, placing myself in the Presence of Merciful Love and Grace is the best remedy for my sins and weaknesses.

I confess here, now my vanity, pride,selfishness,envy and jealousy.My lack of trust to let go and let God rather than try to control every itsy bitsy thing in my life, persons, situations and conditions.
Please pray for me..I want to become what God has ordained me to be..although it is a mystery to me, I will choose to trust and believe that He will remake , refine and transform me as I daily surrender and submit to His sway; with the help of My Mother of Perpetual help.

miamariacap - Apr 14, 2017

I believe with all my heart & soul! Unfortunately,because of health and transportation problems I can't get to confession & Mass as often as I'd like. I say the Divine Mercy Caplet & my rosary every day.

SiSC - Apr 14, 2017

Blessings to the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy for such a thoughtful and beautiful easter greetings.

wilma - Apr 14, 2017

I know we are called to be saints,however,for me that seems an unattainable goal!
Lord, have mercy.

Claire - Apr 14, 2017

Wishing everyone all the graces of this solemn feast and the Easter joy to come! Have a blessed day and wonderful Easter season!

terre - Apr 14, 2017

thank you for being there, for over fifty of my seventy
plus years i have lived in pain. a convert and the only Catholic in the family is my cross. i carry it, offering it up to Jesus everyday sometimes i feel joy sometimes incredibly tired, but i have my picture of Jesus and i say Jesus i trust in you. i consecrate myself to Mary every year and am consecrating myself to devine mercy again.
without all of you it would be a lot harder, my husband is becoming a saint even though he isn't baptized, he has been taking care or me for thirty five years. my daughter loves me and so do my grandchildren so i feel very blessed. May the peace of Christ be with all of you and thank God our country is back in God's hands with a president who believes in him.

Marilyn - April 14,2017 - Apr 14, 2017

It truly is Good Friday -- thank you my Lord and Savior for all you have done and continue to do for us. We cannot do anything without you.

Rolyn - Apr 14, 2017

Happy Easter to All!!!!
Thank you Lord Jesus for your love and sacrifice.
Thank you for always there for me through ups and downs in my life. I'm always grateful. To God be the glory now and forever. Amen.

Betty - Apr 14, 2017

Thank you Jesus for giving us hope. Help me to love you more.

Happy Easter - Apr 14, 2017

Yes, I was glad to receive your message
with close-captioning
Thank you so much .I watch EWTN too
Happy Easter to All

Vivian - Apr 14, 2017

Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on us!

Nancy - Apr 14, 2017

I am again reminded today that there would be no crown of glory without the cross. I pray that I may persevere as I strive to grow in holiness. With God all things are possible. Wishing the Marians a blessed Easter. Thank you for your work.

Nick-April 14, 2017 - Apr 14, 2017

O my GOD, I am heartily sorry for having offended THEE, for I am that hardened sinner who has as many sins as there are grains of sand! HOLY GOD, HOLY MIGHTY ONE, HOLY IMMORTAL ONE, have mercy on me, and on the whole world! And may OUR LADY, OUR MOTHER MARY, lead us all to her DIVINE SON, our LORD JESUS CHRIST! Amen!

ymrb - Apr 14, 2017

Thank you Marian Fathers for the Easter Greeting.
After praying my morning devotions, the Rosary and the first day of the Divine Mercy Novena, I opened your email.
Such a blessing!

I feel so sad for Jesus's suffering, and the Sorrowful tears of Our Lady. Sad also that this day will go by for many without a thought, thanksgiving, a prayer or acknowledgment for God's merciful redemption for us sinners. Maybe, through innocent ignorance of the fact, or from being lost along the way through their disconnection from, or rejection of God.
I pray for God's Mercy for all including my family.
For His peace to prevail in each heart, and for His
love to conquer all our thoughts, actions and decisions.

May the graces of Our Lord's Passion come down on us. May this cause the conversion and
consecration of Russia, the end of war,
conversion of sinners, and the reparation of souls.

May God's graces of Divine Mercy come down on the poor, the suffering, those who are hungry and
the persecuted.

May God's graces of Divine Mercy come down on the Marian Fathers for their mission to:
Enlighten us with His Word
Uplift us with His Love
Prepare us for His Kingdom

Jesus I trust in You, Jesus I trust in you, Jesus I
trust in you.

My beloved Jesus, crucified for love
Crucified for love for us, crucified for love of me.
"Jesus you are our love, Jesus you are our one great friend; Jesus we love you, Jesus we are in love with you."

Thank you Jesus for loving us.

Blessed Easter

Germaine - Apr 14, 2017

Early this morning, I was informed of the death of my dear sister. I know she had said "yes" during her life of 85 years. I am grateful to have recieved this especially today.

Donna Barnard - Apr 14, 2017

Thank you for this beautiful reflection on this day we reflect on Jesus' suffering and dying on the Cross. We will remember all of the Marians in our prayers today and especially at Godd Friday service and at the three o'clock hour- Jesus we trust in You!

Jane - Apr 14, 2017

Thank you for this beautiful Easter message of hope for all of us. Oh that every person in the whole world would know how much Jesus loves them and waits for them to turn to His Mercy and call for holiness. The alternative is so bleak. Happy Easter and God bless.

Lou - Apr 14, 2017

Thank you Jesus for this blessed friday. I started my first day novena for the Divine Mercy today.

Kevin - Apr 14, 2017

We are all called to holiness, to share in the suffering and Death of the Lord that we commemorate on this sad day. As long as we keep this in mind and respond to His great graces with faith, hope and love, we will one day share with Him in His glory as the Body of Christ, the one true Church.
There can be no gain without first some pain.
There can be no Easter Sunday without a Good Friday.
There can be no Crown without first a Cross.
Adoramus Te Christe et benedicimus Tibi,
Quia per Sanctum Crucem Tuum redemisti mundum.
And our one true hope is this:
He is Risen as He said, alleluia.
Surrexit sicut dixit, alleluia.

Linda - Apr 14, 2017

Jesus has asked that everyone recite the Divine Mercy Novena beginning on Good Friday and concluding on the Saturday after Easter. (The day before Divine Mercy Sunday.)
Jesus related 9 specific groups of souls to pray for on each day to St. Faustina.
This 10 minute per day prayer will help many and show Jesus how much we love Him. God Bless!

Josie - Apr 14, 2017

So very thankful for Jesus'paying the price.

Belen Annehed - Apr 14, 2017

The daughter who completely do not believe in the infallibility of the Vicar of our Lord Jesus Christ is like the devil acting with subtleness through her Latin prayers going back to the Old Testaments. I the mother respected her ideas but when I tried to dualogue with her she is convinced that I am the one who left her he church. I confessed to my Pastor of what I did telling the daughter not to bother me anymore. She only talk when needs come upon her way otherwise she do not communicate like a mother & daughter relationship. I strive to be holy but I suffer trying to get the daughter back to our God. Was I instead trying to escape the pain to go away and not suffer anymore? Have I not relived the True meaning of our Lord Jesus Christ's Passion in the Cross to redeem the sins committed?

A California Catholic - Apr 14, 2017

Thank you Jesus, my best friend.
Let us not forget the little Holy Innocents who will lose their lives today in Abortion Mills. May God receive their little souls. Let us return to a more just land. Pray, Pray

Floerence - Apr 14, 2017

God died for me today and for all my past sins. I am so sorry and pray that I am forgiven.

Jim - Apr 14, 2017

Thank you our Lord, Jesus Christ for giving Your life for us so that we may grow in Your holiness, be granted salvation and seek eternal life with You our Lord, Jesus Christ and God the Almighty Father. Blessed be God. Blessed be our Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be Mother Mary. Blessed be St Joseph. Blessed be all the saints and angels. Jesus I trust in You. Jesus I trust in You. Jesus I trust in You.

Esther Moreno - Apr 14, 2017

My Jesus, today is a sad reminder of what our sin does to you. Your death on the cross freed us from it all. May this world not take for granted the sacrifice and pain you endured for us sinners. Eternal father I offer you, the body and the blood, soul and divinity of your dearly beloved son. Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Gricel, April 24 2017 - Apr 14, 2017

.May we all pray for sincere contrition for our sins and the grace to forgive like Jesus forgives us. May we all say Yes! To God and aboandone ourselves to His will.

Jan - Apr 14, 2017

He died for us, so that we could live with Him forever....He gives us His grace so that we can become holy like Him...Our God could never be outdone in generosity and love....our only response is to give him our heart.

Mauvin Joseph Diniz - Apr 14, 2017

Wishing Marian Fathers and everyone a Blessed and Happy Easter. May the peace and holy Spirit promised by our lord be with all of us this Easter Season.

Gina - Apr 14, 2017

I am so thankful that Jesus did die for us. Who else would we turn to? JESUS I Trust IN YOU!!!

Debbie - Apr 14, 2017

Begin the DIVINE MERCY NOVENA today.
St. Faustian, pray for us.
For the sake of HIS sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and the whole world.
Thank you, Marians

Debbie - Apr 14, 2017

Thank you JESUS for salvation to me, a sinner.

Todd O - Apr 14, 2017

The Lord is my shepherd, l shall not want but only to serve. To be sacrifices everything for us so we may receive his Grace and mercy! God is great all the time, all the time God is great. Praise be his holy name.

Anne Marie Cardone - Apr 14, 2017

It is the same for me, when I awoke on this Friday. Today is a very sad day, knowing that Our Lord died on the cross for all of the world. Then, I too, opened your email. Thank you for this and and you also have a blessed Easter!

Lorraine - Apr 14, 2017

Lord, hear our heartfelt prayer! Even at my senior age, it's never too late to begin to strive for holiness. May we all be given the powerful grace to do so this Good Friday. Pray for me, and I will pray for you. May we meet merrily in Heaven one day.

Mart - Apr 14, 2017

Thank you for the beautiful reminder on this sorrowful Day. May we all learn to surrender our Crosses to Our Suffering Lord with sincere love as He did on that Good Friday for us.

Diane - Apr 14, 2017

God saved us today. He is always with us. My favorite prayer: Jesus, I trust in you. By believing in Him, we truly can become holy.

Harold and Katherine - Apr 14, 2017

We awoke on this very sad morning and the first thing that came to our minds was our Good Lord died on the cross for us today, then I humbly read your email. Thank you (!)God Bless.