Pope Francis’ 2015 Message for Lent

A little departure from the regular posts on this blog…
Pope Francis’ message for Lent is something that those with responsibilitiy for preparing the liturgy for Ash Wednesday and for the rest of the season, or indeed preparing themselves for those liturgies and the season, might like to bear in mind over the coming days and weeks.

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Here is the text of Pope Francis’ Lenten Message for 2015, which reflects on the theme: “Make your hearts firm” (James 5:8).

The letter reminds us that Lent is not a matter for private devotion. It is a work of the Church for the renewal of her members, for the furtherance of her mission, and for our personal renewal so as to play our particular part in that, as the local Church (eg the diocese of Westminster), as the particular parts of the local Church (eg our parish or our families), and as individual members of parishes and communities.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each 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…

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