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Living Lent with Francis

Daily Reflections 2017

We might think that the hope of Lent has to do with our hope that we will get through it, that we will come to the end of it. We see Lent as an obstacle course we need to navigate in order to get to the great feast of Easter. The hope of this season is that we will find our lives transformed by the many ways we encounter God's Word, by the richness of the Scripture readings chosen to encourage, to challenge, to confront, to comfort. Focussing only on the end goal would cause us to miss so much along the way.

The greatest hope of Lent is the discovery that it's not only about penance, deprivation, spiritual struggles, and rooting out sin in our lives. Those are often the things we do during Lent. But the hope of Lent lies in what God does. From the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has made mercy his hallmark. Francis wants us to realise that God's mercy and grace surround us not just in special times and places but always and everywhere. Lent is a time to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary, to be surprised by God's mercy when we least expect it.

As the season begins, think about the hopes you have for Lent this year. Think about what changes you want to see in your life, in the world. Let the words of Pope Francis guide you on a journey of bringing those hopes to fulfilment.

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Living Lent (Holy Saturday/Easter Sunday) (Sunday 16 April 2017) Living Lent (Holy Saturday/Easter Sunday) (Sunday 16 April 2017)

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Where is Easter leading you this year? What do you need to set aside in order to enter the Mystery? How can you embody hope by the way you live your life this Easter Season?

Living Lent with Pope Francis (Good Friday) (Friday 14 April 2017) Living Lent with Pope Francis (Good Friday) (Friday 14 April 2017)

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How can you help break 'the chain of hate'?

Living Lent with Pope Francis (Holy Thursday) (Thursday 13 April 2017) Living Lent with Pope Francis (Holy Thursday) (Thursday 13 April 2017)

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What is a form of serving others that feels 'beneath you' but that God may be calling you to perform?

Living Lent with Pope Francis (Wednesday of Holy Week) (Wednesday 12 April 2017) Living Lent with Pope Francis (Wednesday of Holy Week) (Wednesday 12 April 2017)

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Where in your life do you need an injection of hope?

Living Lent with Pope Francis (Tuesday of Holy Week) (Tuesday 11 April 2017) Living Lent with Pope Francis (Tuesday of Holy Week) (Tuesday 11 April 2017)

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What can you do to take steps forward on Jesus' nonviolent path?

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