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The 2020 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26 with Easter Sunday on April 12.
Lent is a favourable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ.”– Pope Francis
During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to practice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God’s gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: “Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).
In Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.
The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.
Catholics are also encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives during Lent.
The Pope’s Monthly Intentions for 2020
The Holy Father has entrusted these intentions in a particular way to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (also known as the Apostleship of Prayer), an organization that works to encourage Christians to respond to the Pope’s appeal and to deepen their daily prayer. You can find more information about the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network on their website.
Listen to the Migrants’ Cries
We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered.
Catholics in China
We pray that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.
Freedom from Addiction
We pray that those suffering from addiction may be helped and accompanied.
We pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.
The Way of the Heart
We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.
We pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.
The Maritime World
We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families.
Respect for the Planet’s Resources
We pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.
The Laity’s Mission in the Church
We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.
We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind.
For a Life of Prayer
We pray that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by the Word of God and a life of prayer.