.- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass at the archdiocesan Cathedral and said, âLent reminds us that the Christian life is a relentless battle in which we must use the weapons of prayer, fasting and penance.â
As he distributed the ashes, he explained, âLent is not mere ritualism, but rather a time of reflection and conversion.â Conversion, the cardinal said, âis a spiritual battle that involves the entire person âagainst sin, and ultimately, against Satan.â
Cardinal Rivera also called on Mexicans to fight against âevery kind of selfishness and hatred.â âDying to oneself to live in God is the aesthetic path that all the disciples of Jesus are called to take with humility and patience, with generosity and perseverance.â
Likewise, he invited the faithful to translate âconcrete gestures towards oneâs neighborâ into love, especially towards the poor and those in need. Christians should respond to evil in the world not with vengeance or hatred, or by âfleeing towards a false spiritualism,â but rather âby opposing evil with good, lies with the truth, hatred with love,â he said.