March 13, 2019

The Essential During Lent

Reflection for Lent Week 2

‘Lent, therefore, invites us to focus, first of all on the Almighty, in prayer, which frees us from that horizontal and mundane life where we find time for self but forget God.

It then invites us to focus on others, with the charity that frees us from the vanity of acquiring and of thinking that things are only good if they are good for me.

Finally, Lent invites us to look inside our heart, with fasting, which frees us from attachment to things and from the worldliness that numbs the heart.

Prayer, charity, fasting: three investments for a treasure that endures.’

-Pope Francis, Homily on Ash Wednesday, 6 March 2019

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