In reflections that traditionally precede the Sunday Angelus prayer with the faithful in St. Peterâs Square, the Pope spoke of his Message for Lent 2004, âin which I wished to recall, in a special way, children, who are often the innocent victims of manâs evil deeds.â Noting that children were special for Christ, he said, âMay this time of the liturgical year be transformed into a generous match of solidarity towards these little ones, especially those in the most grave danger and difficulties.â.- Pope John Paul II called on Catholics to transform Lent into a âa generous match of solidarity towardsâ the children.
The Pope said that in the Gospel of this first Sunday of Lent, Christ, âsustained by the Holy Spirit, withdrew to the desert where he remained for forty days. The Gospel account tells us of the three well-known temptations which are an echo of the old deception that Satan used to make our ancestors fall.â
âBut Christ, the new Adam, overcame them, rejecting decisively His tempter: âIt has been said; You shall not tempt the Lord your Godâ. Jesusâ victory over evil assures us that we will not yield at the moment of trial if we remain united to the Spirit,â he explained.
âDear brothers and sisters, I ask you to pray for this intention. I also ask you to accompany me spiritually in the retreat that will start, as they do every year, this eveningâ in the Vatican, the Pope concluded.