Lent 2017

First Wednesday of Lent: Come Follow Me

Come Follow Me

“This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.”
—Luke 11:29

Jonah was the stereotypical doomsday prophet, proclaiming, “The end is near. Repent!” Francis stood out from the crowd, too. Assuredly there were many who ignored or ridiculed him. But he was extraordinarily effective in getting people to follow him, a charismatic attraction that continues to our own day. The sincerity with which he lived his faith must have had a great deal to do with that.

Not all of us are called to give dramatic, public witness to God’s word. We are all called, however, to live the Gospel in our lives.

Pray with Saint Francis

With all our hearts and all our souls, all our minds and all our strength, all our power and all our understanding, with every faculty (see Deuteronomy 6:5) and every effort, with every affection and all our emotions, with every wish and desire, we should love our Lord and God who has given and gives us everything, body and soul, and all our life. Amen.


Lent with Mother Teresa