Wednesday within the Octave of Easter, April 8, 2015

J.M.J. "The Gospel is the fullest confirmation of all human rights. Without it we can easily find ourselves far from the truth about man. The Gospel, in fact, confirms the divine rule which upholds the moral order of the universe and confirms it, particularly through the Incarnation itself. Who is man, if the Son took on human nature? Who must this man be, if the Son of God pays the supreme price for his dignity? Every year the Church's liturgy expresses its profound wonder as it contemplates this truth and this mystery, both at Christmas and during the Easter Vigil: 'O felix culpa, quae talem ac tantum meruit habere Redemptorem' ('Oh happy fault, which gained for us so great a Redeemer!' Exultet). The Redeemer confirms human rights simply by restoring the fullness of the dignity man received when God created him in His image and likeness."

Saint John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, edited by Vittorio Messori (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994), 197. 

Mary, The First Witness of Our Risen Lord, pray for us.

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