Monday, February 27, 2012

LENT: PRAYER, PENANCE AND CHARITY TO RENEW OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

Dear Pauline Family and Friends,

This Lent we are so fortunate to learn from the life of Jesus Christ Our Lord who underwent temptation in the wilderness to defend us with His help and to instruct us with His example (according to St. Leo the Great).  

Might we have the capacity to strive daily to put God in the center of our lives, obey His laws and accept His will, invoke Divine Providence in order to overcome any tendencies to fall into the tragic trap of temptation & its dangers?  His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI illuminates the way forward -- path to take this Lent.  The Holy Father presents man's situation and points us to Jesus Christ, Our Lord, the Way, Truth and Life. The Holy Father stated that: "the temptation to remove God, to regulate ourselves and the world counting only on our own abilities, has always been present in the history of man."   He said, "man is never free from temptation, but we can become stronger than any enemy 'by following the Lord every day with patience and humility, learning to build our lives not without Him or as if He did not exist, but in Him and with Him, because He is the source of true life."   See full VIS article below:


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LENT: PRAYER, PENANCE AND CHARITY TO RENEW OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Vatican City, 26 February 2012 (VIS) - In his reflections before praying the Angelus this morning with faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, Benedict XVI commented on the Gospel reading from this Sunday's liturgy, St. Mark's narrative of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness.

"The Lord chose to undergo the attack of the tempter so as to defend us with His help and instruct us with His example", said the Holy Father quoting a text written by St. Leo the Great. This episode teaches us that man is never free from temptation, but we can become stronger than any enemy "by following the Lord every day with patience and humility, learning to build our lives not without Him or as if He did not exist, but in Him and with Him, because He is the source of true life. The temptation to remove God, to regulate ourselves and the world counting only on our own abilities, has always been present in the history of man", the Pope said.

In Christ, God addresses man "in an unexpected way, with a closeness that is unique, tangible and full of love. God became incarnate and entered man's world in order to take sin upon Himself, to overcome evil and to bring man back into God's world. But His announcement was accompanied by a request to respond to such a great gift. Indeed, Jesus said "repent, and believe in the good news'. This is an invitation to have faith in God and to convert every day of our lives to His will, orienting our every action and our every thought towards what is good. The period of Lent is a good time to renew and strengthen our relationship with God through daily prayer, acts of penance and works of fraternal charity".

Following the Angelus the Pope greeted pilgrims in a number of different languages, asking them to pray for him as he and the Roman Curia retire for their Lenten spiritual exercises, which begin this evening.

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May God bless us with the temporal and spiritual graces to walk in the path of prayer, penance and charity to renew our relationship with God this Lent.   Amen.

Let us continue to integrate in our daily lives the practice of Lectio Divina, a prayerful reading of the Sacred Scriptures which nourishes our souls.

Respectfully,
Margie Skeels
Pauline Cooperator - NYC

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