I wish you all a blessed Lent. Below are some words from Pope Benedict’s Ash Wednesday address. He describes the 40 days of Lent as an experience of a desert in which we can experience God and His love in the midst of so much emptiness, superficiality and contradiction that surrounds us. Hope his words are helpful to you. God bless and prayers, Fr. Charles Sikorsky, LC
“In this “desert” we believers certainly have the opportunity to profoundly experience God, an experience that makes the spirit strong, confirms the faith, nourishes hope, animates charity; an experience that makes us partakers of Christ’s victory over sin and death through the Sacrifice of love on the Cross. But the “desert” is also the negative aspects of the reality that surrounds us: the arid, the poverty of words of life and of values, secularism and the materialist culture, which shut people within a horizon of mundane existence, robbing them of all reference to transcendence. And this is also the environment in which the sky above us is obscured, because covered by the clouds of egoism, misunderstanding and deception. Despite this, even for the Church of today the period in the desert can be transformed into a time of grace, because we have the certainty that even from the hardest rock God can bring forth the living water that refreshes and restores”.