Loading
True route to happiness, fulfillment is freedom from sin and lies, says Pope for first Sunday Lenten message
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Before praying his Sunday Angelus before a large crowd in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI told listeners that in order to discover true meaning for their lives, they must seek freedom from sin--something he called an apt activity for this season of Lent.

He began by recalling that yesterday, the Chruch celebrated the first Sunday of the liturgical period of Lent, a time which “encourages Christians to commit themselves on a preparatory journey that leads to Easter."
 
"Today's Gospel," he told the crowd, "reminds us that Jesus, after having been baptized in the River Jordan and moved by the Holy Spirit which descended upon Him and identified Him as the Christ, withdrew to the desert of Judah for 40 days where He overcame the temptations of Satan.”

The Pope said that in this light, Christians must “spiritually enter the Lenten desert” so as to follow “their Lord and Master…in order to face with Him 'the struggle against the spirit of evil.’"

He went on to explain that "in order to live fulfilling lives in freedom, it is necessary to overcome the trial that freedom itself brings: in other words, temptation. Only when freed from the slavery of lies and sin can human beings - through obedience to the faith that opens them to truth - discover the full meaning of their lives and achieve peace, love and happiness.”
 
The Holy Father said that "Precisely for this reason, Lent represents an appropriate moment for an attentive examination of life in meditation, prayer and penance."

As the Pope and the Roman Curia enter into their traditional Lenten spiritual exercises--which began last evening--Benedict expressed his hopes that they would "help me and my collaborators in the Roman Curia to enter with greater awareness into this characteristic Lenten atmosphere."

The exercises, led by Cardinal Marco Ce, patriarch emeritus of Venice, Italy, will last until Saturday.

The Pope called on the faithful to accompany him with their prayer during his time of retreat and assured them of his own prayers to the Lord on their behalf. Specifically, he promised his prayers that "for all Christians Lent may be a moment of conversion and of more courageous commitment to sanctity.”

“To this end,” he said, “we invoke the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary."

In this vein, Pope Benedict announced that on Saturday, March 11th, the Vatican will host a Marian vigil organized by Roman university students.

In addition, students from various other European and African countries will also participate through radio and television links.

"It will be," Benedict said, "an appropriate occasion to pray to the Most Holy Virgin that the Gospel may open new channels of communication between the peoples of Europe and of Africa.”

“Dear young people,” he added, “I hope you will participate in large numbers!"

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
Dec
22

Liturgical Calendar

December 22, 2014

Advent Weekday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Gospel
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Sam 1: 24-28
Gospel:: Lk 1: 46-56

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
12/15/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Homily
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14