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Easter message 2012 for the Province from Archbishop The Most Rev Ian Ernest
MAUEN 120407-2
April 7, 2012

[Diocese of Mauritius - Indian Ocean] To the Dioceses in the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean
The Lenten Season and the Celebration of Easter Strengthens our Faith in Jesus, our Lord and Saviour. St Paul in his letter to the Philippians inform us of who Christ is for us (Phil 2:6-11)
This faith in Jesus, the word incarnate is to be translated on our lives as individuals and as communities. God has given to us men and women his creation as in inheritance and we are called to respect it, transform it and build up the future. My hope is that this Paschal Season will instill in us an urge to seek transformation and thus empower us to work towards the making up of a society based on gospel values.
This Easter celebration enables us to draw a sketch of The Province as a body that enables growth, development, expressions of solidarity and faithfulness to the Word of God.
The passion, death and resurrection of our Lord makes us realize of the sanctifying presence of God in the midst of our lives as individuals, families and nations. His presence brings hope, strength and life.
Our respective dioceses and the Province should enable the Church to engage itself with human realities with compassion, respect and the potential of transformation. With the present post cyclonic situation and the Political uncertainty in Madagascar, we are called to be a light that can bring about a true spirit of faithfulness to the Lord and love for our brothers and sisters. We are called to seek a spirit of unity that Christ has prayed for on the night before his crucifixion.
We pray that the Risen Christ inspires us. Our faithfulness to the word should bring us together and my prayer is that the Province as a whole continues to identify itself with the compassionate love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our gift to the world is to express our love for Jesus by engaging with others with respect and dignity. The struggle continues for it is the Presence of Christ that conquers darkness and death.
By his precious death and glorious resurrection, Jesus has reconciled the world to his Father. In the past years, conflicts at national and ecclesial level have undermined the process of growth and development. We have seen the need for us to build bridges and stir up conversations for the welfare of all.
The presence of Jesus brings life in abundance to those who put their trust in him.  It is therefore necessary for us as Dioceses in the Province to promote sustainability and to initiate intelligent projects that will transform the lives of many. The risen Lord brings new life and I am convinced that we shall be faithful in our calling can to overcome the barriers that prevent us to enjoy the fullness of life.
The Province through all of you can be a tool for the edification of Gods people. Let it be a gift for the world.
Alleluia. Praise to the Risen Lord.
The Most Rev Ian Ernest
Archbishop of the Province of the Indian Ocean
April 2012