March 5, 2019

Pope Francis: Lent Is a Time for Conversion, Not Ego

Pope Francis offered reflections for Lent in a letter released by the Vatican that was broken into three sections: The redemption of creation, the destructive power of sin, and the healing power of repentance and forgiveness.

In the wake of January’s World Youth Day in Panama, the recent summit of bishops on the protection of minors, and the sex abuse crisis engulfing the Church, it was perhaps fitting that he began with a quote from Romans 8:19 on the eagerly awaited “revelation of the children of God.”

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Preparing for Lent with Friar Roger

We might think that the hope of Lent has to do with our hope that we will get through it, that we will come to the end of it. We see Lent as an obstacle course we need to navigate …

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Something Needs to Change

In its fullness, prayer is an encounter with God that transforms the way we see and interact with the world. It is like a bright light that reveals what we otherwise do not see: When we wear glasses or look through a window away from the light, we can believe that the glass is perfectly clean. But turn our perspective and hold it up to the light, all of a sudden we are able to see smudges, scratches, and cracks that have been there all along but completely hidden to our normal consciousness. That is the effect that an encounter with God can have on our lives.

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