During the past week we have seen images from the tragic funerals in Derry and the dreadful acts of terrorism in Brussels. There were also several road traffic accidents last weekend in different parts of the country. Our hearts and prayers ‘go out’ to the bereaved.  Words are useless in the face of such inexplicable pain and heartbreak.  However, the human spirit is unbeatable and we continue to pray for the bereaved. We continue to pray that the hearts of those intent on death and terrorism can somehow be changed, somehow, some time and some where.  That is our prayer on this Easter Day that Jesus will defeat death and darkness with life and light.  The Paschal Candle announces the living Jesus Christ and in defiance of death and despair.  May the Risen Jesus keep our hopes alive and our hearts warm.  Fr. Michael