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Dear Sister and Brothers in the Risen Lord,

After the Crucifixion, think about the struggle encountered by the disciples and their ultimate response. They did not have the benefit of years of reflection. Their first thought was the awful crucifixion and death of a dear friend and the loss of hope which had filled their hearts.

Jesus comes before them. Peace be with you! After the Resurrection, Jesus reassured His disciples with this greeting. This peace is truly what He came to offer us; the Peace which comes from the womb of God’s love for us – and we are asked to love one another, as He loves us.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe is a respite for those who are weary and need refreshment in the Lord. Our Blessed Mother offers her Son’s Peace to us by her tender intercession. I am grateful for your prayerful support of this sanctuary for those who come to be spiritually fed is a gift of His Peace.

Peace be with you! May we extend the Peace of Christ in all that we do. May, Mary, Mother of God, watch over us in service of humanity, of peace, of the spread of God’s Kingdom!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend John Noonan
Bishop of Orlando