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THE FIRST STATION: JESUS RISES FROM THE DEAD

P  In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

A  Amen.

P  We adore You, O Risen Christ, and we bless You

A  Because by Your resurrection, You have given life to the world.

R  From the Gospel according to Matthew (Mt 28: 1-7)

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’”

Reflection from a letter written by Pier Giorgio to Fritz Beck (1923)

It will be Easter when you receive this letter of mine and I hope that just as life rises anew at Easter, so the world will arise to a more intense Christian life. Receive as a greeting the interior peace which only men of good will can have and whose possession is for us Catholics what is best.

P  Let us pray

A  Oh Father, you gave Pier Giorgio the strength and vitality to be a witness of the resurrection. Give us the desire to live more intense Christian lives and to be true apostles of peace. Amen.

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