Lent 2023

“Lenten penance is a commitment, sustained by grace, to overcoming our lack of faith and our resistance to following Jesus on the way of the cross… To deepen our knowledge of the Master, to fully understand and embrace the mystery of his salvation, accomplished in total self-giving inspired by love, we must allow ourselves to be taken aside by him and to detach ourselves from mediocrity and vanity. We need to set out on the journey, an uphill path that, like a mountain trek, requires effort, sacrifice and concentration. “

Message from Pope Francis for Lent 2023


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Lenten Penance and the Synodal Journey

In his message for Lent this year, the Holy Father chooses the Gospel of the Transfiguration, inviting us to an experience of Lenten penance in which we are called to “ascend ‘a high mountain’ in the company of Jesus”. Over the course of our Lenten journey, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development will provide the opportunity to “climb a high mountain” together with Jesus and our brothers and sisters, through a path of reflection inspired by Pope Francis’ Message for Lent.

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