Skip to content

Wounded Healers: An Easter Message

By Father Frank Pavone
3/31/2018 (1 year ago)
Priests for Life (www.priestsforlife.org/)

Christ has destroyed the power of death

Death, in all its forms - including abortion - will never have the final word

Since we are God's people, we are the people of life.

Since we are God's people, we are the people of life.

Highlights

By Father Frank Pavone
Priests for Life (www.priestsforlife.org/)
3/31/2018 (1 year ago)

Published in Lent / Easter

Keywords: abortion, pro-life. redemption, resurrection, Easter


Christ is risen! "Death has no more power over Him!" (Rom.6:9) The central fact of human history and the foundational truth of our Faith is celebrated in the Easter Season, namely, that Jesus Christ broke the chains of death and rose triumphant from the tomb.  He broke the chains of death, furthermore, not only for Himself but for us!

On this day of days, on this feast of feasts, we rejoice in the victory of life! This victory is not just a hope; it is a fact. God, in Christ, has destroyed the power of death! In all its forms -- including abortion -- death can never have the final word!

When Jesus Christ rose from the dead He overthrew the entire kingdom of death. He robbed death of its power. By his Resurrection, He opened the door for our resurrection, too. 

God is in the business of destroying death (see Is.25:8). "O death, I will be your death," Hosea foretold (Hos.13:14).  

His new life came at the cost of suffering and that aspect of his salvific work is not hidden away after the resurrection. When Jesus appeared to the apostles after his death on the cross, His wounds were still showing although He was alive. It is interesting to note that His glorified body still had wounds.

The wounds were the ones by which our salvation was paid for. We too are wounded people, but we should not let this stop us from believing God still works through us. His wounds are still visible so that we can know that we share in eternal life even while we still have our wounds.

He said, "Peace be with you," as He imparted to the apostles the power to forgive sins through the Holy Spirit.  And he breathed on them. This points back to the story of creation when His spirit hovered over the waters and God brought order out of that original chaos. Through the forgiveness of sins, He also brings peace to human hearts in the midst of the chaos caused by sin. He restores hope to humans wounded by so a great sin as abortion.

Since we are God's people, we are the people of life. We bear witness to what God continues to do in our midst. We stand against death in all its forms. Its most destructive form, both in principle and statistically, is abortion. 

This is why we are pro-life, and the victory of this day is the starting point and foundation of the pro-life movement. The gift of life, placed in our hands today, is what -- in the words of Pope Saint John Paul II's encyclical The Gospel of Life -- we proclaim, celebrate, and serve.

We announce and apply this victory to every segment of our society. We say to our culture, in effect, "Hurry up! God has accomplished His work, and we must run to share in its fruit! God's design for life is unfolding in a definitive way, and this is our chance to catch hold of it and participate in it!"

Christ is Risen, Life is victorious!##

Priests for Life is the world's largest Catholic organization focused exclusively on ending abortion.

Please also see our ministries for healing after abortion: Rachel's Vineyard and Silent No More Awareness Campaign at abortionhealing.com 


Comments



More Lent & Easter

FREE Class Enroll Now

'So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead'

Luke 24:46

Lent Event

Importance

Ash Wednesday

March 6, 2019

Image of Ash Wednesday

Palm Sunday

April 14, 2019

Image of Palm Sunday

Holy Week

April 14-20, 2019

Image of Holy Week

FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything

Holy Thursday

April 18, 2019

Image of Holy Thursday

Good Friday

April 19, 2019

Image of Good Friday

Easter Sunday

April 21, 2019

Image of Easter Sunday

Stations of the Cross

Every Friday

Image of Stations of the Cross

Buy yours Today!

Fasting and Abstinence

Every Friday

Image of Fasting and Abstinence

Image of What did you give up for Lent?

Ascension of Our Lord

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Image of Ascension of Our Lord

Pentecost

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Image of Pentecost

Image of Lent FAQ's

Mardi Gras

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Image of Mardi Gras

Image of Transformed by Easter

Image of Appearances

Image of Easter Gifts

Easter / Lent News

What do we do AFTER Lent?

Image of Easter Sunday begins the liturgical season of Easter, which continues through the celebration of the Ascension to Pentecost Sunday.

Chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps have graced the shelves of U.S. stores for weeks in anticipation of Easter, but now that the actual ... continue reading


Easter: We Have Been Raised with Christ. Easter is More Than a Day; it is a Way Watch

Image of The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Easter is more than a Day, it is a Way; A Way of living our lives differently now in Him. We are invited to do that by living them in His ... continue reading



The surprising origins of the Easter Bunny -- it's not what you think! Watch

Image of Rejoice! The beloved Easter Bunny has very Christian origins.

The Easter Bunny is a symbol of Easter that is popular in western culture, especially with children. According to folklore, the Easter ... continue reading


Are Easter eggs pagan? Watch

Image of Are Easter eggs a pagan symbol?

Easter eggs are a traditional part of modern Easter celebrations, but their origins are shrouded in history, raising questions about their ... continue reading


5 Beautiful scriptures to remind you what Easter is all about Watch

Image of Remember the reason we celebrate Easter.

This Easter, make sure to take a moment with your family to thank Jesus for his amazing sacrifice. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Turn ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.