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As Easter time continues and leaves emerge from the trees and days become longer and 2nd graders receive First Communion and 8th graders graduate and couples get married and babies are born and new homes are moved into and…wait a minute, that’s all a bit much, isn’t it? But it is how life moves on. Before you know it so many things happen and life changes. Are our hearts open to change, to seeing beauty in all that God has planned out for us? Pope Francissaid, “This is a prayer we must pray every day, ‘Holy Spirit, make my heart open to the word of God, make my heart open to goodness, make my heart open to the beauty of God every day.’” There is so much beauty all around us, in the leaves, the sunshine, in the faces of our children, in life and yes, even in death. We must have the courage to accept the changes in life and see them as bridges towards growth. Sometimes a bridge is strong and sturdy andsometimes it sways in the wind, but that wind, that challenge, may indeed be the breath of God, the Spirit of the One who is encouraging us that even in the storm, crossing over might be the step we need to take. Sometimes we have no choice but to cross in the Spirit of God no matter how difficult that might be. We must not be afraid to accept the challenges and to see the possibility, to see the light, to see the beauty. “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence,” Pope Saint John Paul II. So as the world around us changes with all the joys and all the challenges, let us cross the bridge, swaying in the Spirit, and face the other side knowing that God is with us every step of the way. Hope & Peace.