Catholic Accent The Thursday, April 9, 2015 Volume 54, No. 23 On the Journey of a Lifetime with the people of the Diocese of Greensburg, Pa. ALLELUIA, HE IS RISEN! Paul Haring/CNS Pope Francis greets the crowd after delivering his Easter message and blessing ‘urbi et orbi’ from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican April 5. Humility is key to understanding Easter, sharing its joy By Cindy Wooden CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE VATICAN CITY — To enter Christ’s empty tomb like the disciples and see that he has risen, Christians today also must “bend down,” Pope Francis said in his Easter message. “Love has triumphed over hatred. Life has conquered death. Light has dispelled the darkness,” he told tens of thousands of rain-drenched pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square April 5. Rain fell and fell hard throughout most of the outdoor Mass. While most people had umbrellas, their flimsy plastic ponchos were no match for the wind and downpour. The ciboria used to distribute Communion to the crowd were covered with plastic wrap, only partially pulled back when the faithful approached. Still, they stayed for the Mass and for the pope’s solemn Easter blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world). Pope Francis did not give a homily during the morning Mass, but his Eas-ter message before the blessing picked up a theme he had begun at the Easter vigil the night before: The mystery of Easter cannot be understood — and the Christian faith cannot be lived fully — without humility. “By his death and resurrection, Jesus shows everyone the way to life and happiness: this way is humility, which involves humiliation,” Pope Francis said. “This is the path which leads to glory. Only those who humble them-selves can go toward the ‘things that are above,’ toward God.” To enter into the mystery of God’s love, he said, “we need to ‘bend down’ to abase ourselves. Only those who abase themselves understand the glorifica-tion of Jesus and are able to follow him on his way.” Obviously, he said, that often in-volves being countercultural. Instead of putting ourselves first. “Christians, by the grace of Christ, dead and risen, are the seeds of an-other humanity, in which we seek to live in service to one another, not to be arrogant, but rather respectful and Continued on page 16 ADDRESS LABEL INSIDE THIS ISSUE Pages 8-9 Holy Week, Easter in the Diocese of Greensburg. Page 5 In the Year of Consecrated Life, a sister reflects on the call that led her from Italy to Mount Pleasant. Pages 10-11 What is Divine Mercy?