Lent
Through Easter with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, P. Emeritus Benedict XVI and P. Francis

"Urbi et Orbi" Message 2014>>>

Regina Coeli Easter Monday 2014  read>>>: 

Holy Father's Homily during the Easter vigile 2014  read>>>: 

Regina Coeli P. FRANCISCO 2014

Homilies of P. FRANCISCO during the Easter season 2014

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2014 "He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich
Charity, love, is sharing with the one we love in all things. Love makes us similar, it creates equality, it breaks down walls and eliminates distances. God did this with us. ... God did not let our salvation drop down from heaven, like someone who gives alms from their abundance out of a sense of altruism and piety. Christ’s love is different! ...
So what is this poverty by which Christ frees us and enriches us? It is his way of loving us, his way of being our neighbour, just as the Good Samaritan was neighbour to the man left half dead by the side of the road (cf. Lk 10:25ff ). What gives us true freedom, true salvation and true happiness is the compassion, tenderness and solidarity of his love. Christ’s poverty which enriches us is his taking flesh and bearing our weaknesses and sins as an expression of God’s infinite mercy to us. Christ’s poverty is the greatest treasure of all..... read >>> 

Holy Father's Message for the 19th WYD 2014 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3)>>> 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 5th March 2014 >>> 

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2014 Lent >>>

Holy Father's Homily on Second Sunday of Lent 2014 >>> 

Holy Father's Angelus Message for the Second Sunday of Lent 2014  >>> 

Third Sunday of Lent 2014 >>>

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2014 >>>

Fifth Sunday of Lent 2014 >>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of Palmsunday
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Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass
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Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of the Lord Supper
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Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2014 >>> 

 

Stations of the Cross that Blessed Teresa of Calcutta prayed almost every day >>> 
Stations of the Crossin PowerPoint >>> 

May this Lenten season find the whole Church ready to bear witness to all those who live in material, moral and spiritual destitution the Gospel message of the merciful love of God our Father, who is ready to embrace everyone in Christ. We can do this to the extent that we imitate Christ who became poor and enriched us by his poverty. Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt. May the Holy Spirit, through whom we are "as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything" (2 Cor 6:10), sustain us in our resolutions and increase our concern and responsibility for human destitution, so that we can become merciful and act with mercy.  -P. Francis more >>> 

Everyone can open themselves to the action of God, to His love. With our evangelical testimony, we Christians must be a living message; indeed, in many cases, we are the only Gospel that the men and women of today still read. ... One further reason to live Lent properly is to offer a witness of lived faith to a world in difficulty, a world which needs to return to God, a world which needs conversion". - Pope Benedict XVI 

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In order to undertake more seriously our journey towards Easter and prepare ourselves to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord – the most joyous and solemn feast of the entire liturgical year – what could be more appropriate than allowing ourselves to be guided by the Word of God? For this reason, the Church, in the Gospel texts of the Sundays of Lent, leads us to a particularly intense encounter with the Lord, calling us to retrace the steps of Christian initiation: for catechumens, in preparation for receiving the Sacrament of rebirth; for the baptized, in light of the new and decisive steps to be taken in the sequela Christi and a fuller giving of oneself to him. P. Benedict VXI

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LENT - Ash Wednesday click here>>>
Ash Wednesday as a flash movie click here>>>

Today we begin the liturgical period of Lent with the emblematic ritual of the imposition of the ashes by which we intend to take on the task of turning our hearts towards the horizons of Grace ... This is not some superficial or transitory conversion, but a spiritual itinerary which has a profound effect on our conscience and involves a sincere intention to amend our lives". ... This means undertaking an authentic conversion to God - returning to Him - recognising His sanctity, His power, His majesty...Such conversion is possible because God is rich in mercy and great in love. His mercy is regenerating. ... God, in fact, does not want the death of sinners but their conversion to life. ... He offers us His forgiveness, ... so as to give us a new heart purified from the evil that oppresses it, so as to lead us to participate in His joy. Our world needs to be converted by God, it needs His pardon, His love, it needs a new heart". -Pope Benedict XVI

Stations of the Cross that Blessed Teresa prayed almost every day >>> 
Stations of the Crossin PowerPoint >>> 

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1st Week of Lent >>> 

 Watch the Meditation as a flash movie >>> The First Sunday of the Lenten journey reveals our condition as human beings here on earth. The victorious battle against temptation, the starting point of Jesus’ mission, is an invitation to become aware of our own fragility in order to accept the Grace that frees from sin and infuses new strength in Christ – the way, the truth and the life. It is a powerful reminder that Christian faith implies, following the example of Jesus and in union with him, a battle “against the ruling forces who are masters of the darkness in this world” (Eph 6: 12), in which the devil is at work and never tires – even today – of tempting whoever wishes to draw close to the Lord: Christ emerges victorious to open also our hearts to hope and guide us in overcoming the seductions of evil. P. Benedict VXI

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2nd Week of Lent click here >>> 

Watch the Meditation as a flash movie>>> The Gospel of the Transfiguration of the Lord puts before our eyes the glory of Christ, which anticipates the resurrection and announces the divinization of man. The Christian community becomes aware that Jesus leads it, like the Apostles Peter, James and John “up a high mountain by themselves” (Mt 17: 1), to receive once again in Christ, as sons and daughters in the Son, the gift of the Grace of God: “This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favor. Listen to him” (Mt 17: 5). It is the invitation to take a distance from the noisiness of everyday life in order to immerse oneself in God’s presence. He desires to hand down to us, each day, a Word that penetrates the depths of our spirit, where we discern good from evil (cf. Heb 4:12), reinforcing our will to follow the Lord.. P. Benedict VXI


 

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3rd Week of Lent click here>>>

Watch the Meditation as a flash movie>>>part 1 >>>part 2 The question that Jesus puts to the Samaritan woman: “Give me a drink” (Jn 4: 7), is presented to us in the liturgy of the third Sunday; it expresses the passion of God for every man and woman, and wishes to awaken in our hearts the desire for the gift of “a spring of water within, welling up for eternal life” (Jn 4: 14): this is the gift of the Holy Spirit, who transforms Christians into “true worshipers,” capable of praying to the Father “in spirit and truth” (Jn 4: 23). Only this water can extinguish our thirst for goodness, truth and beauty! Only this water, given to us by the Son, can irrigate the deserts of our restless and unsatisfied soul, until it “finds rest in God”, as per the famous words of St. Augustine.  P. Benedict VXI


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4th Week of Lent click here>>>
Watch the Meditation as a flash movie  click here>>>

The Sunday of the man born blind presents Christ as the light of the world. The Gospel confronts each one of us with the question: “Do you believe in the Son of man?” “Lord, I believe!” (Jn 9: 35. 38), the man born blind joyfully exclaims, giving voice to all believers. The miracle of this healing is a sign that Christ wants not only to give us sight, but also open our interior vision, so that our faith may become ever deeper and we may recognize him as our only Savior. He illuminates all that is dark in life and leads men and women to live as “children of the light”.  P. Benedict VXI


 

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5th Week of Lent click here>>>
Watch the Meditation>>>

Watch the Meditation: "We want to see Jesus" click here>>>

On the fifth Sunday, when the resurrection of Lazarus is proclaimed, we are faced with the ultimate mystery of our existence: “I am the resurrection and the life… Do you believe this?” (Jn 11: 25-26). For the Christian community, it is the moment to place with sincerity – together with Martha – all of our hopes in Jesus of Nazareth: “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world” (Jn 11: 27). Communion with Christ in this life prepares us to overcome the barrier of death, so that we may live eternally with him. Faith in the resurrection of the dead and hope in eternal life open our eyes to the ultimate meaning of our existence: God created men and women for resurrection and life, and this truth gives an authentic and definitive meaning to human history, to the personal and social lives of men and women, to culture, politics and the economy. Without the light of faith, the entire universe finishes shut within a tomb devoid of any future, any hope.  P. Benedict VXI


 

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HOLY WEEK:

Palm Sunday: Holy Thursday: Good Friday: Holy Saturday


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palm Sunday: click here>>>
Watch the Meditation as a flash moviclick here>>>

The Lenten journey finds its fulfillment in the Paschal Triduum, especially in the Great Vigil of the Holy Night: renewing our baptismal promises, we reaffirm that Christ is the Lord of our life, that life which God bestowed upon us when we were reborn of “water and Holy Spirit”, and we profess again our firm commitment to respond to the action of the Grace in order to be his disciples.  P. Benedict VXI

 

 

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Holy Thursday: click here>>>
Watch the Meditation as a flash moviclick here>>>

In Christ, God revealed himself as Love (cf. 1Jn 4: 7-10). The Cross of Christ, the “word of the Cross”, manifests God’s saving power (cf. 1Cor 1: 18), that is given to raise men and women anew and bring them salvation: it is love in its most extreme form (cf. Encyclical Deus caritas est, n. 12) P. Benedict VXI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Friday: click here>>>

Today starts the Novena for the feast of Divine Mercy !!!: click here>>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Saturday: click here>>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter: click here>>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noven to the Holy Spirit : click here>>>

Fruits of Holy Spirit : click here>>>

Pentecost : click here>>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2013 2012, 2011, 2010

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2013

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2013 
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. charity. ... Everything begins from the humble acceptance of faith (“knowing that one is loved by God”), but has to arrive at the truth of charity (“knowing how to love God and neighbour”), which remains for ever, as the fulfilment of all the virtues (cf. 1 Cor 13:13).. more: 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 13th february 2013 >>>: 

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2013 Lent >>>

Holy Father's Homily on Second Sunday of Lent 2013 >>>

Holy Father's Angelus Message for the Second Sunday of Lent 2013 >>>

Third Sunday of Lent 2013...>>>

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2013 read>>>

Fifth Sunday of Lent 2013 read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of the Lord Supper 2013read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass 2013 read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of Palmsunday 2013 read>>> 

Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2013read>>> 

"Urbi et Orbi" Message 2013>>>

Regina Coeli Easter Monday 2013  read>>>: 

Holy Father's Homily during the Easter vigile 2013  read>>>: 

Regina Coeli P. FRANCISCO 2013

Homilies of P. FRANCISCO during the Easter season 2013

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2012

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2012  P. Benedict VXI
The Lenten season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: charity. ... "We should never be incapable of 'showing mercy' towards those who suffer. Our hearts should never be so wrapped up in our affairs and problems that they fail to hear the cry of the poor" "Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works" (Heb 10:24). more: 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 22th february 2012 >>>: 

Benedict XVI meets with the clergy of the Diocese of Rome:>>>:

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2012 Lent >>>

Holy Father's Homily on Second Sunday of Lent 2012  ...>>>

Holy Father's Angelus Message for the Second Sunday of Lent 2012 
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Holy Father Third Sunday of Lent 2012...  >>>

Holy Father Fourth Sunday of Lent 2012 ... >>>

Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass 2012 . read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Supper 2012 . read>>> 

Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2012. read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass 2012 >>>

Holy Father's Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Supper 2012  >>> 

Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2012 >>> 

 

EASTER SUNDAY-Holy Father's Homily >>> 

"Urbi et Orbi" Message>>>   

Meeting with the youth World Youth Day>>> 

Holy Father's Message for the 27th World Youth>>>

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2011

Holy Father Fifth Sunday of Lent 2011 ... read

Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass 2011 read>>>: 

Holy Father's Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Supper 2011read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2011. read>>> 

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2011 
Each year, on the occasion of Lent, the Church invites us to a sincere review of our life in light of the teachings of the Gospel. This year, I would like to offer you some reflections on the great theme of justice, beginning from the Pauline affirmation: “The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ” (cf. Rm 3, 21-22). read>>> 

Holy Father's Message to Youth 2011 
“Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” (cf. Col 2:7) . read>>> 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 9th March 2011  "Everyone can open themselves to the action of God, to His love. "read>>> 

Holy Father Meeting with the Parish Priests of the Rome Diocese: 2011  read>>> 

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2011 Lent,   read>>> 

Holy Father Second Sunday of Lent 2011  ... read>>> 

Holy Father Third Sunday of Lent 2011 . ..  read>>> 

Holy Father Fourth Sunday of Lent 2011 .. read>>>

Holy Father Fifth Sunday of Lent 2011 ... read>>>

Meeting with the youth World Youth Day>>> 

 

 

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2010

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2010 
Each year, on the occasion of Lent, the Church invites us to a sincere review of our life in light of the teachings of the Gospel. This year, I would like to offer you some reflections on the great theme of justice, beginning from the Pauline affirmation: “The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ” (cf. Rm 3, 21-22). click here>>> 

Holy Father's Message to Youth 2010 
“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mk 10:17). click here>>> 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 17 February 2010  "Lord, you are merciful to all, and hate nothing you have created. You overlook the sins of men to bring them to repentance. You are the Lord our God" click here>>> 

Holy Father Meeting with the Parish Priests of the Rome Diocese: 2010 
Lectio divina of His Holiness Benedict XVI  click here>>> 

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2010 
Lent, a Season of spiritual renewal  click here>>> 

Holy Father Second Sunday of Lent 2010 
 the episode of the Transfiguration which in Luke's Gospel immediately follows the Teacher's invitation: "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me" (Lk 9: 23). ... click here>>> 

Holy Father Third Sunday of Lent 2010 
"Repent', says the Lord, "for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand' click here>>> 

Holy Father Fourth Sunday of Lent 2010 
The father and the two sons better known as the Parable of the "Prodigal Son" (Lk 15:11-32) is proclaimed. ... click here>>> 

Holy Father Fifth Sunday of Lent 2010 
Jesus who saves an adulterous woman condemned to death (Jn 8: 1-11). ... click here>>> 

Meeting with the youth World Youth Day

Holy Father's Message to Youth in PowerPoint 
"Dare to love” by following the example of the saints"click here>>> 
  

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