My dear Brothers and Sisters of the Diocese: PAX!
As we go forward into the Easter season, the following collect is one that I think is especially worth meditating on:
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
It is my prayer that we, in this Diocese, will be living examples of His reconciling love, mercy, and compassion. I pray that we would be ever mindful of the gift we have received and the responsibility we have to cherish it and to share it with others, as the Lord is unwilling that any should perish.
I give thanks to God for all of you, for the work that you do to share the gospel and for the prayers that you pray for the people of this Diocese, and for the love and friendship that you extend to me, your Bishop. May God richly bless you.
Bp. J. A. Morales, OSB, DD