On a Risen Savior

Millet-Cross

This memorial, marked by the cross, at Fort Niagara State Park, commemorates the site where Father Pierre Millet, with others, rescued 12 survivors left of the 100 men stationed at Fort Niagara following a devastating winter there in 1687. Father Millet placed a wooden cross there in the spring of 1688 when the rescuers arrived to remember the dead. The site was declared a National Monument in 1925 by President Coolidge. It has since been downgraded by Congress. Photo credit: Circle to Circle.

Tomorrow will be Easter Sunday. In every quarter of the globe it will be observed in memory of a risen Saviour. So far reaching has been this event, so wide has become the realm of Christendom, that it would be difficult to find anywhere on earth a human being whose life has not been modified in some degree by the influence of the Christian religion. 

Outside the teachings of religion there is no answer to the problems of life. Our international and social relations cannot be solved by material forces. Armaments, wages, profits are not mere questions of quantity. They are questions of quality. Changing and fixing their amount will afford no final solution. What is needed is a change of mind, a change of attitude toward the use of these material things and toward each other. The real problems of the world are not material, but spiritual. 

Easter teaches us the reality of the things that are unseen and the power of the spirit. A risen Saviour established a new faith in the world that showed the reason and authority of service and sacrifice. 

— Calvin Coolidge, daily column, April 3, 1931

2 thoughts on “On a Risen Savior

  1. Thank you for bringing Calvin Coolidge to life once again. It seems his thoughts and writings are more relevant today than they may have been in some time.

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