‘We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!’

“We do not pretend that life is all beauty. We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through His own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. And we live in the light of His Paschal Mystery – the mystery of His Death and Resurrection. ‘We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!’ We are not looking for a shallow joy but rather a joy that comes from faith, that grows through unselfish love, that respects the ‘fundamental duty of love of neighbour, without which it would be unbecoming to speak of Joy’. We realize that joy is demanding; it demands unselfishness; it demands a readiness to say with Mary: ‘Be it done unto me according to Thy word'”
–Pope Saint John Paul II, ANGELUS at Adelaide, Australia on Sunday, 30 November 1986

“The Easter proclamation spreads throughout the world with the joyful song of the Alleluia. Let us sing it with our lips, and let us sing it above all with our hearts and our lives…”
–Pope Benedict XVI, Mass of the Day, Saint Peter’s Square, Easter Sunday, 12 April 2009

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