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Lent and a Reader’s Inspiration...

Lent has begun, and both for those becoming Christians and those already baptized, our conversion as Christians prompts us to help shape a just world.

Catholics traditionally pray, fast, and give alms during Lent. Those three “pillars” of the Lenten season can take many forms. But true to the “baptismal focus” of Lent—that is, walking in solidarity with those preparing for Baptism, our Lenten penances must be outer-directed. Our own conversion helps prepare us to serve others.

In the Gospel for the First Sunday in Lent, Jesus rejects the devil’s temptations to make his life and ministry all about himself. Rather, Jesus will make of his life a sacrifice of selfless love. That example should guide our Lenten sacrifices as well.

We received the following inspiring email from a reader named Bryan:
“One day I was on the road and decided to stop at a hotel for the night. Next morning, being already well on my way, I lamented the fact that I had misplaced a rosary and my phone charger. There was another rosary but only one charger. Having looked in vain that night I went to sleep wondering where to get a new one.

Next morning I awoke to find my bag open, which I remember closing, and the phone charger placed neatly inside. At first I was utterly amazed and wondered how this could be or if I’d lost my mind. But, really, I think it demonstrated that we’re not alone in this world though it may appear otherwise sometimes.”

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."