Pope Francis

 

 

The following is the Message of the Holy Father for Lent 2018 on the theme:

“Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24: 12).

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in His providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”. Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.

 

With this message, I would like again this year to help the entire Church experience this time of grace anew, with joy and in truth. I will take my cue from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (24:12).

 

These words appear in Christ’s preaching about the end of time. They were spoken in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, where the Lord’s passion would begin. In reply to a question of the disciples, Jesus foretells a great tribulation and describes a situation in which the community of believers might well find itself: amid great trials, false prophets would lead people astray and the love that is the core of the Gospel would grow cold in the hearts of many.

 

(To be continued each week during Lent)

POPE'S THREE ACTIONS TO PRACTICE DURING LENT:

 

“Pause  from this compulsion to a fast-paced life that scatters, divides and ultimately destroys time with family, with friends, with children, with grandparents, and time as a gift... time with God.”

 

“See and contemplate the real face of Christ crucified out of love for everyone, without exception. For everyone? Yes, for everyone.”

 

“Return without fear, for this is the favourable time to come home, to the home of my Father and your Father. It is the time for allowing one’s heart to be touched... Remaining on the path of evil only gives rise to disappointment and sadness."

 

   

 The Pope Tweets        @Pontifex    18th February  2018

In our daily lives we experience the tenderness of God who lovingly saves us from our sins, fears and anxieties.

 

Pope Francis’s Prayer Intention for February 2018

Pope Francis’s Prayer Intention for February 2018

Say “No” to Corruption

This month we are asked to consider what we understand by corruption.  Most of us would consider that corruption is an abuse of power for personal gain. But corruption isn't just about accepting bribes or channelling money for dishonest reasons. Corruption can be about the mishandling of our world's resources with one eye on gain and with no thought for the poorest in our world or for the planet itself. This month we are asked to join in Pope Francis’s prayer intention that “That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.”       

 

 

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