In his Gospel commentary for Easter Sunday, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the pontifical household preacher, pointedly asks: “Did Jesus really rise? What assurances do we have that we are dealing with something that really happened and not an invention or suggestion?”
In response, Father Cantalamessa says that “the strongest argument that Christ is risen, is that he is alive! He is alive not because we keep him alive by talking about him, but because he keeps us alive, he communicates the sense of his presence to us, he makes us hope. ‘He touches Christ who believes in Christ,’ St. Augustine said, and the true believers experience the truth in this affirmation. . . .
“Everyone believes that Jesus died, even the pagans, the agnostics believe it. But only Christians believe that he has also risen, and one is not a Christian unless he believes this.”
For the entire text of Father’s commentary, courtesy of ZENIT, click here. For information on Ralph Martin’s best-selling book The Fulfillment of All Desire, heartily endorsed by Fr. Cantalamessa, click here.
From all of us at CUF, may you and yours enjoy a most blessed Easter holiday!