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Mural of Belgrano 5While I was going to prepare the Easter message addressed to our members, I came across the following words of Oscar Romero Beato, contained in his first pastoral letter:

“The Church of Christ is to be one  of the Easter Church , that is, a Church that is born from Easter and there is to be a sign and instrument of Easter around the world.
Jesus, who brought our redemption under the paschal sign, wanted to live in the Paschal way, in the life of the Church. The Church is the Body of the Risen Christ. Through baptism all those who belong to the Church live the Paschal tension, that is, the passage from death to life, the cross that never ends and is called conversion, the continuing demand on us to destroy all that is sin, and to put to be ever more powerfully all that is life, renewal, holiness, justice.
In other words,  Christ continues Easter, live, in the Easter Church . You can not be part of this Church without being true to his way of passing from death to life, without a sincere movement of conversion and fidelity to the Lord “(San Salvador, Easter Sunday, April 10, 1977).

These words of Blessed Oscar Romero, martyr of justice of our time, as our Argentine brothers murdered on July 4, 1976 , are in tune with the spiritual principle of kenosis that our holy Founder practiced and lived: “In fact the whole process of spiritual growth is based and modeled on the paschal mystery, in which the old man is crucified with Christ and the new man comes to light with the resurrection. The result of this redemptive experience is the transformation in Christ “( Ratio Institutionis SAC , n. 140).

This is the only authentic way to make the life of Jesus the fundamental rule of our lives , like St. Vincenzo Pallotti has shown us, and as the twenty-first General Assembly of our Company has reminded us well.

I wish you peace and joy of the risen Lord. May you experience the power of his resurrection.

Jacob Nampudakam, SAC
Rector General