WASHINGTON, D.C. –His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, has issued an Easter video message for Catholics under his pastoral care worldwide, including U.S. Military personnel and their families, patients in the nation’s VA Medical Centers, and Americans working for the federal government beyond U.S. borders.
At a time of heightened international tension, Archbishop Broglio calls on the faithful to invigorate their prayer life. “The international scene and domestic concerns urge us to pray more fervently to the Risen Savior,” Archbishop Broglio says in the video. “May His light shine on the leaders of the world so that dialogue overcomes strife, concern for the poor outweighs greed and purely national interests, open doors and open hearts replace barriers and red tape, and God-given liberty continue to safeguard our prayer, teaching, and charitable works.”
The video is accessible in two (2) ways:
- The video can either be viewed directly or downloaded at milarch.org/easter2017/. To download, click the “Download video here” link. From there, click on the download icon on the right side of the video progress bar.; or:
- The video can be viewed on the AMS YouTube page at https://www.goo.gl/GzGLFM. The video cannot be downloaded from this site; it can only be viewed directly.
Here follows the complete text of Archbishop Broglio’s message:
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The Lord Jesus has invited us into the Upper Room with Him. There we experience His love in the gifts of Eucharist, priesthood, and penance. There we are called to deepen our friendship with Him. In a very real sense we find ourselves there every time we participate in one of the sacraments.
We have walked in the desert of Lent to deepen our intimate conversation with the Lord in prayer, sacrifice, and renewed charity. Days of retreat always renew our commitment to live in union with the Lord who loves us and calls us to an ever deeper relationship with Him.
That time has prepared us to shout the Easter alleluia and to be filled with joy and unshakeable serenity. Let that joy be experienced by those in the medical centers of the Department for Veterans’ Affairs. The Risen Lord draws near to you in your illness and pain. Place your wounds in the marks of the nails and the lance and experience His abiding love.
May those who are deployed experience the solace of the Risen Lord’s presence! He brings light into darkness. He walks with us even when the road to Emmaus or elsewhere seems distant, barren, and lonely. Do not lose hope.
Those who wait for a loved one’s return can still rejoice in this victory, because Christ has called all of us to lasting joy. His presence permeates the difficult moments. He lifts up those who are down. He encourages those in need and those afflicted by the more mundane concerns of everyday life: bills, schedules, chores, and so forth.
Dependents, especially those who are young, be a source of encouragement for those who are a bit older than you. Allow your youthful exuberance to give vibrancy to our communities. If your parents’ duty stations keep you far from CONUS, take advantage of the experience of living in a different culture and learn from our neighbors. Knowledge and familiarity makes what seems foreign and frightening a source of enrichment and a broadening of our minds and hearts.
The international scene and domestic concerns urge us to pray more fervently to the Risen Savior. May His light shine on the leaders of the world so that dialogue overcomes strife, concern for the poor outweighs greed and purely national interests, open doors and open hearts replace barriers and red tape, and God-given liberty continue to safeguard our prayer, teaching, and charitable works.
Just like PT, Lenten exercises have limbered mind and body and cleared our hearts for a more profound vision of the Lord and openness to His will. Now we must continue to exercise so as to focus on His call to holiness and the means He holds out for our path to life without end. The Easter victory made those aspirations a possibility. We cannot lose sight of the goal.
With Pope Francis we recognize: “Before the spiritual and moral abysses of mankind, before the chasms that open up in hearts and provoke hatred and death, only an infinite mercy can bring us salvation. Only God can fill those chasms with his love, prevent us from falling into them and help us to continue our journey together towards the land of freedom and life.” Pope Francis, Message, Urbi et Orbi, 27.III.16.
It has been my blessing to visit many communities since we last “met” by means of this video encounter and I am very grateful for the opportunities to pray with you, to learn about your challenges and joys, to confirm your youth, and to meet those who lead you. May that mutual awareness and support strengthen all of us on our pilgrimage though life.
For those more senior members of the Catholic communities who continue to associate yourselves to military chapels, it is my prayer that as you find encouragement in the youth, you will also inspire their commitment, support their initiatives and endeavors, and be a source of wisdom on the path forward.
Availing myself of this video opportunity, on behalf of the Auxiliary Bishops, the priests, and staff of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, I wish you a blessed and happy Easter. Do not rush from the experience of the Upper Room. Remain a little while so as to be permeated by the richness of the Lord’s victory. May the Risen Lord fill you with hope and lasting joy!