Meditation

Who are you, sweet light, that fills me And illumines the darkness of my heart? You lead me like a mother's hand,

Hail, Mary, Mother of God, Venerable treasure of the whole universe, Lamp that is never extinguished, Crown of virginity, support of the true faith, Indestructible temple,

My God, forgive, forgive my half-heartedness, forgive my pride, forgive my fondness for my own will,

Community of love of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Model and ideal of every Christian family, To you we entrust our families.

STAY with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You.

We ought to pray to and invoke the Holy Spirit, for each one of us greatly needs His protection and His help.

Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: If you have risen with Christ.

Christ is resurrected from the Dead, through death he vanquished death, To those who are in tombs, he gave life! Let us rejoice on this day of his Resurrection because Christ, who yesterday was oppressed with mockery, crowned with thorns and hung from the cross, today has risen from the tomb.

Penitential fasting is obviously something very different from a therapeutic diet, but in its own way it can be considered therapy for the soul. In fact practiced as a sign of conversion, it helps one in the interior effort of listening to God. Fasting is to reaffirm to oneself what Jesus answered Satan when he tempted him at the end of his 40 days of fasting in the wilderness: "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God" (Mt 4:4).

We are now beginning the liturgical season of Lent, a kind of long spiritual retreat for the whole Church. The liturgical colour (purple) reminds us that this is a time of reflection and penance, in the sense of changing one’s life to listening more carefully and frequently to the Word of God, that the Church abundantly gives us in this time of grace.

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