Archbishop Listecki calls Easter 'tremendous sign of hope'

Jay Sorgi

Archbishop Jerome Listecki. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Archbishop Listecki calls Easter 'tremendous sign of hope'

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Apr 5, 2012

MILWAUKEE - As one of the holiest seasons for Christians began on Thursday, Milwaukee Archbishop sent his message for the season.

"Easter is upon us," said Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."

"A tremendous sign of hope.  That's what Easter brings.  My goodness, we need hope.  We need that aspect of coming together, of solidarity, to understand that there is a God who is there and for us."

The Archbishop claims that after years of seeing a greater number of people neglecting their faith, more are going back to it.

"We've gone away from faith, from religion, from the practice of our faiths, and various faith traditions," explained Listecki. 

"That's what really grounds us.  Now, we're really seeing people looking to fill that void.  Hopefully, it's going to be filled by that sense, that presence of God who is a part of us."

The Archbishop also responded to an article by Andrew Sullivan in Newsweek Magazine, entitled "Christianity in Crisis," in which the summary reads, "Christianity has been destroyed by politics, priests and get-rich evangelists.  Ignore them...and embrace Him."

Listecki said that an internalized, solely personal faith misses the complete picture without an aspect of religion.

"We can make God our personal quest.  If God is our personal quest, we manipulate God, rather than God manipulating us, or God calling us," claimed Listecki.

"Although everybody has a desire to seek God, this God is not only internal, but external, and religion are the ties that bind."