Vatican City, Mar 1, 2017 / 05:29 am
On Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis said that while Lent is certainly a time of mortification, it's also a journey of hope that leads to the joy of Christ's Resurrection – a journey that requires both daily sacrifice and love.
In his catechesis for the general audience March 1, the Pope likened our journey during the 40 days of Lent to the 40 years the Israelites spent wandering in the desert following their "exodus" from slavery in Egypt.
"And these 40 days are also for each of us an exit from slavery, from sin, to freedom, to a meeting with the Resurrected Christ," he said.
"A path that's a bit challenging, as is just, because love is challenging, but it's a path full of hope. In fact, I would say more: the Lenten exodus is the path in which hope itself is formed."