My Dear friends and parishioners of St. Francis de Sales,
In the Book of Wisdom we hear, “You are merciful to all, O Lord, and despise nothing you have made.” These opening words of the Ash Wednesday Liturgy remind us that God is always reaching out with a loving invitation. Recently, Pope Francis echoed these words:
“The thing the Church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the Church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds…. And you have to start from the ground up.”
How does this urging by Pope Francis inspire you? Will this Lent be a season to consider your own wounds that need God’s healing? Will your practice of prayer, fasting and almsgiving help you to see more clearly the wounds of others and how you can share Christ’s healing love with them?
As we begin this season of Lent, I urge you to consider the parts of your life that need God’s healing and take them to the Sacrament of Penance. In this Sacrament, we meet the Lord who despises nothing he has made and bestows the grace to live a renewed life in him. Then, renewed and restored, your celebration of Easter will be filled with the joy of the risen Christ.
Jesus Christ yesterday, today and for ever!
Sincerely in the Lord,
Daily Lent Reflections from Fr. Robert Barron
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