Lent 2017: A New Beginning

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Beginning on Ash Wednesday 2017, the St. Josemaria Institute invites you to join us as we reflect on Pope Francis’s Message for Lent 2017:

“Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God ‘with all their hearts’ (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive (cf. Homily, 8 January 2016). Lent is a favourable season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the Church: fasting, prayer and almsgiving. At the basis of everything is the word of God, which during this season we are invited to hear and ponder more deeply.”

Pope Francis invites us during this Lent to “a conversion of heart to help us overcome the corruption of sin,” specifically by beginning again:

  • Rediscovering the gift of God’s Word
    Suggestion: Commit to spending 15-30 minutes daily reading the Gospel and prayerfully reflecting upon it
  • Being purified of the sin that blinds us
    Suggestion: Prepare and make a daily examination of conscience and Act of Contrition
  • Serving Christ in our brothers and sisters in need
    Suggestion: Resolve to offer up small, unnoticed sacrifices throughout the day


“Conversion is the task of a moment; sanctification is the work of a lifetime. The divine seed of charity, which God has sown in our souls, wants to grow, to express itself in action, to yield results which continually coincide with what God wants. Therefore, we must be ready to begin again, to find again — in new situations — the light and the stimulus of our first conversion. And that is why we must prepare with a deep examination of conscience, asking our Lord for his help, so that we’ll know him and ourselves better. If we want to be converted again, there’s no other way.

“’We entreat you not to offer God’s grace an ineffectual welcome.’ Yes, God’s grace can fill us this Lent, provided we do not close the doors of our heart. We must be well-disposed, we must really want to change; we cannot play with God’s grace.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Christ is Passing By, no. 58-59


Daily Devotional for Lent 2017

The St. Josemaria Institute Daily Devotional for Lent 2017 – brief Lenten readings to help you each day spend 15-30 prayerful minutes with our Lord.


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