President Obama rarely talks about his religion, but today he opened about about his Christian faith at this morning’s Easter Prayer Breakfast, according to The Grio.

He told 150 religious leaders at the White House, “Every time I travel around the country, somebody is saying, ‘We’re praying for you.’ Michelle gets the same stuff. And that means a lot to us. It especially means a lot to us when we hear from folks who we know probably didn’t vote for me – and yet are expressing extraordinary sincerity about their prayers.”

From there, the president discussed, at length, his thoughts on the importance of Easter and promised not to sermon the crowd. “It is only because Jesus conquered his own anguish, conquered his fear, that we’re able to celebrate this Resurrection,” he said.

“The struggle to fathom that unfathomable sacrifice makes Easter all the more meaningful,” he continued. “It helps us to provide an eternal perspective on our small problems relative to the big problems He was dealing with. And it gives us courage and it gives us hope.”