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Rejoice and be glad because Christ is truly risen!

03-26-2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Rejoice and be glad because Christ is truly risen! It is my hope and prayer that on Easter and throughout this sacred season you and your families will celebrate and experience anew the peace and joy of Our Lord and Savior.

Today we are united with the universal Church in rejoicing in the victory of Jesus Christ, the One who dispelled the power of darkness, who turned suffering to glory and even death to life. In uniting ourselves to him, we share in His victory and discover the grace and strength we need to walk in faith during our earthly journey so that one day we will live with Him forever.

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are especially reminded that the Risen Lord offers us newness of life through the forgiveness of our sins. As his witnesses, we are to radiate the joy that is ours in being made a new creation in Christ. We are also to imitate Christ and offer forgiveness to those who have offended us so that nothing separates or divides us. Our witness will also be enhanced when others see us fervent in prayer, generous in service, and joyful in hope.

Please be assured of my prayers for you and all those you love at Easter and always. With God's grace, may you unite yourself more deeply to Christ and be faithful witnesses of His divine mercy and infinite love.

Sincerely  in Christ,

Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Raleigh


Queridos Hermanos  y  Hermanas  en Cristo:

jAlegrense y regocijense porque Cristo ha resucitado! Es mi esperanza y oraci6n que en la Pascua y a lo largo de este tiempo sagrado, ustedes y sus familias, celebren y experimenten  nuevamente  la paz y alegria de Nuestro  Senor y  Salvador.

Hoy estamos unidos con la Iglesia universal, regocijandonos por la victoria de Cristo Jesus, el unico quien con su poder ha disipado las tinieblas, ha convertido el sufrimiento en gloria y la muerte en vida. Al unirnos a El.compartimos su victoria y descubrimos la gracia y la fuerza que necesitamos para caminar en Ia fe durante nuestro tiempo terrenal, y un dia vivir con El para    siempre.

Este Ano de/ Jubileo de la Misericordia, sabre todo, nos recuerda que el Senor Resucitado nos ofrece nuevamente la vida, mediante el perd6n de nuestros pecados. Como testigos que somos, debemos irradiar la alegria que es nuestra, al ser hechos en una nueva creaci6n en Cristo. Tambien imitemos a Cristo, perdonando a los que nos ofenden, para que nada nos separe o divida. Nuestro testimonio tambien seni mayor cuando nos vean fervientes en la oraci6n, generosos en el servicio y alegres en Ia esperanza.

Les aseguro que estare orando por ustedes y por todos los que aman, durante la Pascua y siempre. Con la gracia de Dios, usted  pueda  unirse  mas profundamente  a Cristo y sea fie) testigo de su divina misericord ia y amor   infinito.

Sinceramente en Cristo,

Reverendisimo Michael F. Burbidge
Obispo de Raleigh