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Happy Easter! A thought by Archbishop Oscar Romero

Easter is itself now the cry of victory.

No one can quench the life that Christ has resurrected.

Neither death nor all the banners of death and hatred raised against him

   and against his church can prevail.

He is the victorious one!


Just as he will thrive in an unending Easter,

   so we must accompany him in a Lent and

   a Holy Week of cross, sacrifice, and martyrdom.

As he said, blessed are they who are not scandalized by his cross.

Lent, thus, is a call to celebrate our redemption in that difficult combination of cross and victory.


Our people are well prepared to do so these days:

   all that surrounds us proclaims the cross.

But those who have Christian faith and hope know that behind this Calvary . . .

   lies our Easter, our resurrection.

That is the Christian people’s hope.

                                     March 23, 1980