Lenten Message from Pope Francis

I know, we just completed the Christmas season, so why am I posting about Lent already?  So that we will not be caught by surprise when we find out that in a few weeks, it will be Ash Wednesday for Christians everywhere.

Pope: Sacrifice key to reaping wealth of God’s love, fighting misery


Pope Francis greets a child as he arrives for his general audience at the Vatican last month. In the pope’s first message for Lent, he focused on the theme of Christ’s poverty. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Courageously follow Jesus in seeking out the poor and sinners, and in making difficult sacrifices in order to help and heal others, Pope Francis said.

Christians are called to confront the material, spiritual and moral destitution of “our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it,” the pope said in his first message for Lent, which begins March 5 for Latin-rite Catholics.

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