The Irish friars wish you Easter Blessings galore! And we pray that during this Jubilee Year of Mercy the Risen Lord may bring fresh joy and new hope into your lives and homes.

Pope Francis tell us: “The Risen Jesus brings newness to our lives!

Newness often makes us fearful, including the newness which God brings us, the newness which God asks of us. We are like the Apostles in the Gospel: often we would prefer to hold on to our own security, to stand in front of a tomb.

We are afraid of God’s surprises. Dear brothers and sisters, we are afraid of God’s surprises! He always surprises us! The Lord is like that.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us not be closed to the newness that God wants to bring into our lives!

Are we often weary, disheartened and sad?

Do we feel weighed down by our sins?

Do we think that we won’t be able to cope?

Let us not close our hearts, let us not lose confidence, let us never give up: there are no situations which God cannot change, there is no sin which he cannot forgive if only we open ourselves to him.”