Lent: a time for renewing faith, hope and love – Vatican News

  Lent: a time for renewing faith, hope and love In this period of preparation leading to Easter, and starting from themes tied to the Lenten journey, we offer reflections of Pope Francis. To experience Lent in hope, the Pope writes in his Message for Lent 2021, means “receiving the hope of Christ, who gave His life on the Cross”. By Amedeo Lomonaco “Lent is a time for believing, for welcoming God into our lives and allowing Him to ‘make his dwelling’ among us”, the Pope writes in his Lenten message for 2021. “In our Lenten journey towards Easter, let us remember the One who ‘humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross’”. These words from the Pope’s message not only refer to the memorial dimension of remembrance, but also invite us to live, even today, a favorable time to renew faith, hope and charity. All are called to grow “in the realization that, in Jesus Christ, we are witnesses of new times, in which God is ‘making all things new’”. Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has often described the meaning of the journey that leads to Easter. “During the Season of Lent”, he said Sunday 21...

Renewing faith, hope and love: Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2021 – Vatican News

Renewing faith, hope and love: Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2021 In his message for Lent 2021, Pope Francis calls on the faithful to “renew our faith, draw from the living waters of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God.” By Christopher Wells Pope Francis focuses on the three theological virtues in his Lenten message for 2021, inviting the faithful to “renew our faith, draw from the living waters of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God.” Grounding his reflection on the Paschal Mystery, the Pope says, “This Lenten journey… is even now illumined by the light of the resurrection, which inspires the thoughts, attitudes and decisions of the followers of Jesus.” He goes on to say that the journey of conversion, through fasting, prayer, and almsgiving, “makes it possible for us to live lives of sincere faith, living hope, and effective charity.” Accepting and bearing witness to the truth The Holy Father explains “accepting and living the truth revealed in Christ means, first of all, opening our hearts to God’s word.” Through fasting, “experienced as a form of self-denial,” we are able “to rediscover God’s gift and recognize that, created in His...