Pope Francis in his message for Lent reminds us that the Lenten season prepares us to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed.
The path to Easter, he continues, demands that we renew our faces and hearts as Christians through repentance, conversion and forgiveness so as to live fully the abundant grace of the paschal mystery.
“Fasting, that is, learning to change our attitude towards others and all of creation, turning away from the temptation to “devour” everything to satisfy our voracity and being ready to suffer for love which can fill the emptiness of our hearts.
Prayer, which teaches us to abandon idolatry and the self sufficiency of our ego, and to acknowledge our need of the Lord and his mercy.
Almsgiving, whereby we escape the insanity of hoarding everything for ourselves in the illusory belief that we can secure a future that does not belong to us. And thus to rediscover the joy of God’s plan for creation and for each of us, which is to love him, our brothers and sisters, and the entire world, and to find in this love our true happiness.”
May our Lent this year bring the hope of Christ to creation so that it may be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.
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