Easter 1975

Dear Gen 3*,
Easter is drawing closer and it seems that it was just Christmas. I have the impression that time is passing quickly and I feel in the depth of my heart - I confide this to you – that I have resigned to let it pass quickly as long as it is all love. That is, as long as at the eve of each day I can say: “Also today I have loved.”

When I will then go up to Jesus, he will tell me that I have lived as a perfect Gen. On this Easter that reminds us of how Jesus, after dying, was resurrected, and how we too will one day rise up with our bodies, I would like that all of you would live so that each evening you can say: Also today I have loved. 

Almost every day I receive news about people who have left for the heavenly Mariapolis: adults, the elderly, youth and gen.

We do not know how long we have left to live, but how bitter it would be to draw closer to death with only s few days lived in love. What regret! We would say: “I could have loved and I didn’t do it.” 

This will give us great joy and will make us savour the Easter Celebration because it is the Celebration of the Alleluia. 

Just as the apostles and first Christians went out to everyone to tell them that Christ was risen (and so that we will also rise), so too those who know us should be able to say that we have spiritually resurrected from a life without meaning to a life full of light and fire.

*note from the Gen 3 editors: Gen3 – third generation of the Focolare Movement, youth from 9 – 17 years of age.

published in the  GEN3 n° 3-4 March – April 1975

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