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Pope Francis: be transformed by the grace of the Easter sacraments

Catholic World News - April 02, 2013

In his Easter Monday Regina Caeli address, Pope Francis urged pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square to let the grace of the Easter sacraments change their lives.

“The Baptism that makes us children of God, and the Eucharist that unites us to Christ, must become life,” he said. “That is to say: they must be reflected in attitudes, behaviors, actions and choices. The grace contained in the Easter sacraments is an enormous source of strength for renewal in personal and family life, as well as for social relations.”

“Nevertheless, everything passes through the human heart: if I allow myself to be reached by the grace of the risen Christ, if I let that grace change for the better whatever is not good in me, [to change whatever] might do harm to me and to others, then I allow the victory of Christ to affirm itself in in my life, to broaden its beneficial action,” he continued. “This is the power of grace! Without grace we can do nothing – without grace we can do nothing! And with the grace of Baptism and Holy Communion, we can become an instrument of God’s mercy – that beautiful mercy of God.”

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Apr. 02, 2013 9:37 PM ET USA

    “The Baptism that makes us children of God, and the Eucharist that unites us to Christ, must become life,” he said. This is our life; the life of grace.

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