expressed lament that for many, “the mysteries of the death and
resurrection of Jesus have nothing to do with the problems that the
family and society are facing today and that are of concern to the
community and its leaders.”
facing the world require a renewed focus on the meaning of Easter, he
continued, because faith in the risen Christ is connected with
humanity’s progress. Overcoming such problems means enduring
purification through the cross and resurrection of Christ and seeking
perfection in all human activities which, because of pride and
selfishness, are constantly at risk, the archbishop stated.
about Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical “Deus caritas est,” Archbishop
Arancibia called it a “beautiful teaching about human love, which finds
its healing and perfection in the grace of God.” The Pope,
he continued, speaks even of “a love that is capable of questioning all
human activity and making the fundamental obligations of justice
recalled that for Christians, “the striving to establish universal
brotherhood is not a utopia.” Rather, “love expressed through
respect should not be practiced only in important moments, but also in
the hundreds of occasions of daily life,” he said.
certainty has as its center the Paschal mystery, which becomes a source
of wisdom and hope in these days as Jesus Christ, suffering death for
all of us, teaches us to carry the cross that the flesh and the world
place upon the shoulders of those who seek peace and justice,” the
archbishop said in conclusion.
Jose Maria Arancibia of Mendoza, Argentina, said this week that the
Christian vision of progress is not pessimistic, but rather proposes to
the human family a high ideal of life that encourages it to struggle
with strength and hope for the sake of the good.