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Lent 2017

  

Pope Francis' Message for Lent

Pope Francis has released his message for Lent 2017, which begins on Wednesday, March 1. For this season of conversion, Pope Francis asks us to remember that "the Word is a gift" and "other persons are a gift," and calls to mind the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.

The Holy Father says:

Lazarus teaches us that other persons are a gift. A right relationship with people consists in gratefully recognizing their value. Even the poor person at the door of the rich is not a nuisance, but a summons to conversion and to change. The parable first invites us to open the doors of our heart to others because each person is a gift, whether it be our neighbour or an anonymous pauper. Lent is a favourable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ. Each of us meets people like this every day. Each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect and love.

In this season of returning to God, let us remember that the Word is a gift, and that all human life is a gift, and that returning to God means valuing other people. Let us make others the center of our Lenten practices.


Fasting

Michael Sechrist, a St. Maria Goretti parishioner, has created a website for Lent that seeks to call and re-energize Catholics to fast under the guidelines set forth in the previous 1917 Code of Canon Law.  For more information, please visit www.fastlikeits1917.com

Live the Fast is another resource for those interested in learning more about fasting.  A Roman Catholic Apostolate, Live the Fast is centered on renewing the practice of prayer and fasting by providing nutritious fasting breads, educational resources on prayer and fasting, and a prayer community that will inspire one to live the fast.  Founded by Andrew LaVallee of LaVallee's Bakery Distributors, their website (http://livethefast.org/) provides instructions and starter kits for those wanting to start a bread and water fasting journey.


Catholic Radio Network

As part of Catholic Radio Network's 40 Homilies for Lent series, Fr. Paul Ritt, has recorded the homily for the Monday of Holy Week.  The recording will be available here starting Monday, April 10.  In the meantime, check out the programming at Catholic Radio Network: https://www.thestationofthecross.com/

 

 

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