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P 2019From the womb of Mother Church, the incarnate Son of God is born anew this night. His name is Jesus, which means: “God saves”. The Father, eternal and infinite Love, has sent him into the world not to condemn the world but to save it (cf. Jn 3:17). The Father has given him to us with great mercy. He has given him to everyone. He has given him forever. The Son is born, like a small light flickering in the cold and darkness of the night.
That Child, born of the Virgin Mary, is the Word of God made flesh. The Word who guided Abraham’s heart and steps towards the promised land, and who continues to draw to himself all those who trust in God’s promises. The Word who led the Hebrews on the journey from slavery to freedom and who continues to call the enslaved in every age, including our own, to come forth from their prisons. He is the Word brighter than the sun, made incarnate in a tiny son of man: Jesus the light of the world.

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.