Lent page 2017

Lent: a Forty-Day Journey with Jesus

"Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, to Christ’s victory over death.... Lent is a season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the Church: fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.... Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.... The Lord, who overcame the deceptions of the Tempter during the forty days in the desert, shows us the path we must take. May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need." 
 Pope Francis

2017 Lenten Message (Pope Francis)    +     A History of Lent (Fr. William Saunders, CERC)

Lent: Our Journey to Easter,
with Fr. Joseph Previtali and seminarian Michael Rocha

Jesus, we know, spent forty days in the desert, alone, praying and fasting. And one result of His great bout of solitude, from which He emerged into His public ministry, is that in our Lenten journey we are not alone. We have His presence, and His example--and in His Church we have one another. In the Archdiocese of San Francisco, we make our Lenten journey together, supporting one another in the fasting, prayer, and service that we undertake. Below you can find information and resources that can help us all to keep Lent better, as a loving community.

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