“Jesus, the Crucified One, is risen! He stands in the midst of those who mourned him, locked behind closed doors and full of fear and anguish. He comes to them and says: ‘Peace be with you’ (Jn 20:19).” (Pope Francis )

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, collaborators, friends and  TSSF companions,

Happy Easter!

In this season of rebirth, may your faith be renewed, and your hearts made new with the hope and joy that Easters brings.

During the Easter Triduum, we reflected on the dramatic events that culminated in the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Good Friday epitomized the peak of man’s inhumanity to man manifested in the “vicious war that has overtaken so many people and caused suffering to all... this cruel and senseless war that threatens our world…”(Pope Francis). We certainly cannot be indifferent to the wars in Russia, Ukraine, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Libya, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Northern Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Cameroon's north-west and south-west regions. In the face of the global pandemic of Covid-19 and the natural catastrophes like the recent earthquake in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Cyclone Gombe in Mozambique and the Cyclone Emnati in Madagascar, all hope seems lost, all seems bleak. However, the resurrection of Jesus assures us that a new life in Christ is possible.  We celebrate this “Easter of war” with hearts “filled with fear and anguish, as so many of our brothers and sisters have had to lock themselves away in order to be safe from bombing. We struggle to believe that Jesus is truly risen, that he has truly triumphed over death.” (Urbi et Orbi-Easter 2022) Pope Francis, in his Urbi et Orbi Message on Easter Sunday encourages us to avoid all forms of violence and evil, foster respect for the dignity of the human person and promote peace. Let us heed this call and be instruments of peace because as the Holy Father says “peace is possible; peace is a duty; peace is everyone’s primary responsibility.  May the Lord’s consoling presence among us give us great hope, serenity, joy and inner strength. Having experienced the Risen Lord, we are invited like Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James in Luke 24:1-12 to go forth and announce the good news of the resurrection to all. May the experience of the resurrection of Jesus empower us to be compassionate, accompany the abandoned and those who suffer, and build new bonds of solidarity. May the grace of this Holy Season fill our hearts and minds with a deep sense of sorrow for our sins and compassionate love for our brethren.

The Synodal Process offers us the opportunity to be promoters of peace and beacons of hope. It invites us to journey together by creating forums where our stories can be told, that safe space where we can listen assertively to one another’s stories and allow each one to share, conscious of the fact that in the Synodal Church we all have something to learn. As we embrace our vulnerability and feel the suffering of our world, let us be moved by compassion and strive to build bridges of relationships and foster global solidarity by being instruments of hope and peace.

May the Bless you!

Sr. Theodosia Baki

Superior General

 

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