Father Jospeh Illo, pastor of Star of the Sea in San Francisco, gave an 11-minute homily on Easter Sunday.

14 people baptized last night. The readings today say just one thing, He is risen. This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.

He didn’t need to rise. He did it to show that the power of death will not overcome us.
He did it to convince us.

The announcement of the Resurrection is our principal task as Catholics.

The Resurrection explains events in world history. The blood of the martyrs. The vast missionary successes of 20 centuries. Peter Chanel’s death as a martyr in Micronesia.
Successes and failure. Mother Teresa, St. Francis of Assisi. John Paul II facing down the Soviet empire. Jaruzelski, prime minister of Poland, had the tanks but he was afraid.

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When you are angry… I struggle with that every day every day living in the city, seeing a city I love go down the tubes and a country I love falling apart….