Each of us is deeply honoured in being asked to gather with ten Sisters of Saint Joseph as they thank God for seventy-five, seventy, sixty, fifty or twenty-five years of religious profession according to the charism of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
The invitation to poverty, chastity and obedience is a mysterious calling from the Lord which is fruitful in the gifts used to draw people to Christ. The personal search for holiness in the Sisters of Saint Joseph is indeed an act of total self-giving, of response to the invitation of Jesus Christ, and of leadership of others to know and love God.
I am very pleased to have the opportunity of saying a few words to you at this important and exciting time. Student life is a time of joy and friendships, a time for study and for socialising, for learning new skills and building on past achievements. All of this is true, but in a Catholic university there is something more that has to be said also. As students and prospective teachers in Catholic schools this should also be a time for considering and deepening your faith. Each of you must spend time asking what is God's will, what is the role he has in mind for you - is it to teach young people in our Catholic schools?
At the end of the great week of Easter we remember that our faith is a precious gift like fire-tried gold. The joy of the early Christians and their having everything in common was a sign of their faith.
Today we are invited, not merely to listen to the Word of God and to celebrate the Eucharist, but to live the Gospel Jesus preached and humbly and generously in our daily life to be examples of God's everlasting love.
"The Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!" Today, Our Lord, risen from the dead, calls us to newness of life. The grave, suffering and sin are no longer to take possession of us because he reminds us that in our baptism we have received a life imperishable, beyond the grave. We are destined to be with God in heaven and our praise this morning expresses our destiny and our hope. Linked to the joy of the resurrection is the certainty that the trials of this world ultimately are vanquished.