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Vocations Sunday 2019 web visualDear Brothers and Sisters,

After the lively and fruitful experience of the Synod devoted to young people last October, we recently celebrated the Thirty-fourth World Youth Day in Panama City.  These two great events allowed the Church to be attentive both to the voice of the Spirit and to the life of young men and women, their questions and concerns, their problems and their hopes.

Building on what I shared with the young people in Panama, I would like to reflect, on this World Day of Prayer for Vocations, on how the Lord’s call makes us bearers of a promise and, at the same time, asks of us the courage to take a risk, with him and for him.  I will do this by reflecting briefly with you on these two aspects – promise and risk – as they appear in the Gospel account of the calling of the first disciples by the sea of Galilee (Mk 1:16-20).

--Pope Francis, World Day of Prayer for Vocations, 2019.

Lent crossLenten Reflection 2019. (Inspired by Edward Hayes)

Come, life giving Spirit and awaken my slumbering heart.

As you breathe upon our wintered earth, calling it to new life,

Awaken me as a child of God and disciple of Jesus in these forty days of  prayer, discipline and thoughtfulness.

Show me how to live the daily things of life with faith and infuse them with the power of your love.

Inspire in me simple acts of love and prayer and real works of reform, renewal and growth.

As you drove Jesus into the desert to be enlightened and empowered for his life and ministry, drive me during Lent to enkindle the fire of my love for God and the things of God.

Let me not waste these precious days of my soul’s springtime.

May Easter find me risen and alive in Christ.

Lent 2019 General imageFor the creation waits with eager longing  for the revealing of the children of God” (Rm 8: 19)

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Each year, through Mother Church, God “gives us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed… as we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ” (Preface of Lent I). We can thus journey from Easter to Easter towards the fulfilment of the salvation we have already received as a result of Christ’s paschal mystery – “for in hope we were saved” (Rom 8:24). This mystery of salvation, already at work in us during our earthly lives, is a dynamic process that also embraces history and all of creation. As Saint Paul says, “the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Rom 8:19). In this perspective, I would like to offer a few reflections to accompany our journey of conversion this coming Lent.