Tomorrow (13th of February, 2013) will mark the beginning of the Lenten Season in the Catholic Calendar.
Believing in Charity Calls Forth Charity
“We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us” (1 Jn 4:16)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The celebration of Lent, in the context of the Year of Faith, offers us a valuable opportunity to meditate on the relationship between faith and charity: between believing in God – the God of Jesus Christ – and love, which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and which guides us on the path of devotion to God and others.
The message focused on four major points:
1. Faith as a response to the love of God
2. Charity as life in faith
3. The indissoluble interrelation of faith and charity
4. Priority of faith, primacy of charity
The Pope concluded by saying;
"Dear brothers and sisters, in this season of Lent, as we prepare to celebrate the event of the Cross and Resurrection – in which the love of God redeemed the world and shone its light upon history –
I express my wish that all of you may spend this precious time rekindling your faith in Jesus Christ, so as to enter with him into the dynamic of love for the Father and for every brother and sister that we encounter in our lives. For this intention, I raise my prayer to God, and I invoke the Lord’s blessing upon each individual and upon every community".
For the full text of the Pope Benedict XVI's Lenten Message, go to:
#Culled from CNA & ZENIT(Vatican City, Feb 1, 2013)