Message of Pope Francs for Lent 2015

“Make your hearts firm” (James 5:8)*

Dear Brothers and Sisters,*[LEFT][LEFT]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 Cor6:2). 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.

When the people of God are converted to his love, they find answers to the questions that history continually raises. One of the most urgent challenges which I would like to address in this Message is precisely the globalization of indifference.

Indifference to our neighbour and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.

God is not indifferent to our world; he so loves it that he gave his Son for our salvation. In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son of God, the gate between God and man, between heaven and earth, opens once for all. The Church is like the hand holding open this gate, thanks to her proclamation of God’s word, her celebration of the sacraments and her witness of the faith which works through love (cf. Gal 5:6). But the world tends to withdraw into itself and shut that door through which God comes into the world and the world comes to him. Hence the hand, which is the Church, must never be surprised if it is rejected, crushed and wounded.

God’s people, then, need this interior renewal, lest we become indifferent and withdraw into ourselves. To further this renewal, I would like to propose for our reflection three biblical texts.[/LEFT]




Absolutely Beautifull!

God bless your ministry Papa Fransisco, and Christ give you the strength to purge the Church of the lukewarm indifference that hinders the Gospel from converting us all.


Indifference is the most damaging trait of all. Jesus warns us about lukewarmness. I see it everyday in my parish made up of mostly retirees. Jesus is exposed on the altar for Adoration each morning for one hour before daily Mass. As retired people, you would expect quite a lot of people to show up, but, sadly, only about 25 people come for Adoration and daily Mass. When I visit the sick in our neighborhood retirement village and nursing home, there are so many who have no one to comfort them, all I can do is pray for those who are blind to the needs of others. Someday, they will be in this same terrible situation and only then, realize their failings. Lord have mercy on all of us, and give us the light of the HOly Spirit so that we may clearly see our own path to holiness lies among those less fortunate than ourselves.


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