Holy Spirit Province Saint-Esprit
Franciscans of Canada - Franciscains du Canada
Ordo Fratrum Minorum
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
May our hearts be in celebration on this Easter day, for Christ has risen! At the heart of the Covid-19 pandemic that is costing the lives of so many women and men across the globe—and forcing billions of people to confinement—let us take a moment to stop and contemplate the face of Jesus. May his light restore our confidence and bring us healing!
Brothers and sisters, let us stop a little to see what this face of Christ currently consists of:
Yes, on this Easter 2020, let us stop a little to see beyond the headlines of the day and the surrounding disarray, and allow ourselves to be found by the Light of the Risen Christ. Let us listen to the singing birds and to the lessons that spring has to each us; let us also smile at each other, and dare, ourselves, to sing an Easter song. Perhaps we will then understand that at the heart of this crisis, we are invited to a rebirth of solidarity, of compassion and of love.
This newsletter is sent to you as a token of friendship. You will find in it, touches of poetry and art, as well as spiritual reflections and some news from the Franciscans of Canada. Have a good read! May the light of Easter be our strength and our joy. Let us remain in close communion of hope and peace!
Br. Pierre Charland, OFM
Franciscans of Canada