In today's Gospel, the risen Lord bestows the gift of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and grants them the authority to forgive sins. Through the surpassing power of Christ's grace, entrusted to frail human ministers, the Church is constantly reborn and each of us is given the hope of a new beginning. Let us trust in the Spirit's power to inspire conversion, to heal every wound, to overcome every division, and to inspire new life and freedom. How much we need these gifts! And how close at hand they are, particularly in the sacrament of Penance! The liberating power of this sacrament, in which our honest confession of sin is met by God's merciful word of pardon and peace, needs to be rediscovered and reappropriated by every Catholic. To a great extent, the renewal of the Church in America depends on the renewal of the practice of Penance and the growth in holiness which that sacrament both inspires and accomplishes.There will be an encore presentation of the Mass at 12AM Eastern Time if anyone wants to get up that early. (: And the next event to be covered by EWTN will be the Pope's visit the Catholic University:
Pope Benedict XVI will address hundreds of Catholic University heads and diocesan superintendents on the importance of Catholic education at the Catholic University of America. Thursday, April 17, 4:30 PM Eastern Encore April 17, 9PM; April 18, 5AM.
(From the EWTN site)
Gus and Ria