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Easter is the celebration and jubilation of the restoration of our broken lives through the crucifixion and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It reflects the mystery of the Holy Spirit, the meaning of revelation, the defeat of temptation, the symbol of devotion, the triumph of dedication, the legacy of salvation, and the tribute of self-sacrificing for the very good of others. Too often we underestimate or fail to understand  and realize the power of a friendly touch, a beautiful smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of kindness and caring, all of which are the most sincere form of respect and have the potential to turn the life of a person around. The smallest gesture of doing good thing in our community and religious institution can bring great hope and aspiration to our children. We need to uplift their spirit and raise their hope to be motivated and inspired so that their efforts and potential can blossom. We need to bring hope to our children by teaching them to believe that no matter what storms are raging in this world, under any painful tribulation, even in the darkest and tragic circumstances and horrific situations, upon the glory and power of the Almighty God, love and peace can bloom and unfold in ways we never can imagine and understand. Despite the persistent turmoil and hostile environment we may currently encounter in our world, there is always a light shining bright at the end of the dark tunnel. Our children should be taught without any despair to turn the pages of life which are loaded with divine gifts and blessings from our Almighty God. As St. Augustine boldly said, “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”…..

What our children need to learn from us is that the greatest good they can do in life is to treat anybody at any time with great respect, love and kindness. They need to learn that doing the right thing is the best thing to do in life because the things that we do reflect the kind of person we are. Life is too short to waste it in unnecessary squabbles and qurrels, hostility and animosity among ourselves because there is always enough love for all of us in this world to share and ample time for an act of kindness. ‘Kindness is the lan,guage which the deaf can hear and the blind can see’. The great gift of Easter is hope which makes us have that confidence in the ultimate love of God. As Pope John Paul II said, “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” It is a divine opportunity for us to come together with our family members and friends to celebrate Easter and to honor the glory of the Holy Spirit. We, the parents, have the moral obligation to fill the  innocent minds and kind hearts of our children with love, hope and kindness during Easter. We need to remember that we have Easter because we had Christmas.  Wish you all to have a Happy and Blessed Easter! 

Dr. Tesfa G. Gebremedhin,

West Virginia University,

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