Weekly Radio Address
March 30, 2002
10:00 A.M. EST
Good morning. Almost seven months have passed since the attack on our country,
and the shock and sadness of that day are still with us. For many, the grief
and sense of loss will never fully pass, and they are in our thoughts, especially
in this holy season.
The entire world is reminded again this week of the hope that lives and endures
forever. For Jews and Christians, this is a time of joy and renewal. Passover
celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from oppression by the hand
of a faithful God. And tomorrow, Easter Sunday, many Christians will celebrate
a hope that overcomes even death.
These holy days represent some of the most profound hopes of humanity, which
are shared in many traditions. We feel our reliance on the Creator who made
us. We place our sorrows and cares before Him, seeking God's mercy. We ask forgiveness
for our failures, seeking the renewal He can bring.
Americans practice different faiths in churches, synagogues, mosques and temples.
And many good people practice no faith at all. For those who observe Easter
and Passover, faith brings confidence that failure is never final, and suffering
is temporary, and the pains of the Earth will be overcome. We can be confident,
too, that evil may be present and it may be strong, but it will not prevail.
On September the 11th, a terrible evil was done to our country. America and
the civilized world are now joined together in a great struggle against enemies
who have no regard for innocent life. Grave challenges and dangers face us in
this war. We cannot predict every turn ahead of us. Yet in this season, we are
assured that history is of moral design.
Justice and cruelty have always been at war, and God is not neutral between
them. His purposes are often defied, but never defeated.
I hope that this holy season will bring renewal of faith to those who seek it,
and comfort to those who need it. And to all who observe these special days,
I wish you a joyful Easter and a blessed Passover.