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L 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana 's letter: Easter 1996 Qr Sisters and Brothers in Christ,. of the Resurrection of the Lord is the most sacred of our faith. that Jesus, dead from crucifixion, arose to life -- no longer "" tn order to overcome death itself which is the punishment due to our gift. We have no right to it. We did not earn it yet God, through the of our parents, has entrusted it to us. As Jesus lost his life " restores the promise of eternal life. we believe makes sense if Jesus did not rise from the did. That faith is mystery. faith too is gift -- we didn't earn it. We have no right to it. Yet us with it through the gift of the Holy Spirit sent to us at 9irit enlivens us and makes us, body and soul, sacred presence. these sacred temples. tells us that "we are in charge." The world suggests that we have make any choice about our bodies and souls we wish. Our faith signs of life surrounding our Easter celebrations strengthen our life in every way. We hold sacred the life of the human body test moment of existence to its last life breath at natural death. We revere the sacred nature of our bodies as temples of the Holy Ust not abuse our own body or that of our neighbor for any pur- we give to the sacred Body of the Risen Lord be given for each other in faith. Faithfully yours in Christ, beth Mary dtthew jm e Em Helfrmh, Jim and Debbie Collin and Dan Donovan. )artshes in Opens Holy Week with outdoor Mass, advice to youth. a Service (CNS) -- Opened Holy )rful outdoor and words Sunday on ,e presided that Procession through St. Peter's Square. A near-capacity crowd of about 100,000 people cheered the pontiff and waved olive branches in the spring sun- shine. For the 75-year-old pope, who appeared fully recovered from a digestive ailment in mid-March, it was the start of a full slate of Holy Week activi- ties that was to culnainate in Easter Mass. The lengthy Palm ally get two copies of the Message? of the Message, containing the annual efthe diocese, was published March 8 and known Catholic household in the diocese. that mailing duplicates some of the subscriber list. A new method of list is being studied. tl issued of the Message will be pub- April 12. e Research Item You think this action is morally right or ty es wrong SUre SOmetimes wrong Diocese Statewide 64% 61% 10% 9% 21% 23% 4% 6% 1% 2% Sunday procession, commemo- rating Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem a short time be- fore his death, included several Italian folklore groups who marched in medieval costumes. The pope said Holy Week marked a time of deep pain and joy for the church. "Humanly speaking, it is full to overflowing with suffering, with humiliation, with depri- vation," he said. But it also re- veals God's holiness in a way that has changed the life of hu- manity, he said. The Mass also marked World Youth Day, and the pope urged the many young people in the crowd to reject the illusion of easy happiness and salvation. Christ's suffering on the cross teaches us that "there is no love without sacrifice," he said. In their continuing quest to love and be loved, young people must base their actions and at- titudes first of all on a love of God, Pope John Paul II said. "Everyone searches for love, a beautiful love," the pope said. "Even when human loves gives into weakness, one continues to seek a beautiful and pure love," the pope said. "But in the end you know very well that no one but God can give you such a love." The theme for the 1996 celebration of World Youth Day is "Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life." The Roman youths' evening with their bishop, Pope John Paul, was an extravaganza of talks, songs and dance illus- trating the search for Christ in every aspect of life. "Who can you go to, young people in search of happiness, joy, beauty, honesty, purity or, in just a word, in search of love?" the pope asked. Many young people, he said, follow "false teachers" or those who say only what they think young people want to hear. Young people can get side- tracked by "money, success, ca- reers, morally unrestrained sex, drugs, believing that the qaere and now' is the only thing that counts and that life should focus on what one wants today without taking into account the fact that an eternal future exists," the pope said. Others want easy answers and security, looking for them in sects, magic or "in other reli- gious paths which lead people to turn in on themselves rather than to open themselves to God," he said. But in all of those cases, he said, young people will re- main disappointed because "if one does not find God, they miss the answer to the truest and deepest desires of the human heart, and life be- comes full of compromises and interior tensions." The pope said teen-agers and young adults must be the first to witness to the truth of God's love to their peers. After the Mass, the pope watched as young people from the Philippines handed over a large wooden cross to youths from France, where the next international World Youth Day gathering is scheduled for mid- 1997.