"Faith is not fiction, nor is it only an emotion or conviction. Through faith, God's grace touches humans, fortifies their spiritual power and gives them wisdom and resolution to stride the road drawn by our Lord Jesus Christ. The earthly life of our Savior was filled with difficulties, lack of understanding and sorrows. It ended with death on th egros. But He resurrected and with his resurrection affirmed the vitory of both his word and his beeds. All that happened to our Savior is an example for us. Sometimes mental disquietude overcomes us, or the happless everyday swallows us. Fear for the future, a growing insecurity for the next day - this is a feeling known to everyone. In the light filled night of Christ's Resurrection, I want to address a wish to all of us: to keep the faith, to multiply it in our hearts, to be more responsive to the needs of others, to be charitable and compassionate. Then our lives and the life of our society will be better, and Christ - the Resurrected One, the one who overcame the devil and death - will be with us."
Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Neofit addresses the nation during the festive Easter Mass Sunday, May 5.
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