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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lent is a time of renewal...

"Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each of our communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us. Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure… Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference. It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront."

I hope you are aware that I have again put the first paragraph of the Pope's Lenten Message on this blog to remind myself that Lent is a time for renewal but . "Above all it is a time of grace." I am going to take seriously the Pope's desire, which is also that of Jesus, to not be indifferent to anyone. The plight of immigrants is especially troubling right now, but also each person I have contact with either in person or through the Internet. 

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