The Christian life is itself a constant journey of conversion and renewal in the company of the Lord, as we follow him along the path that leads through the Cross to the joy of the Resurrection. The primary way by which we follow Christ is by the liturgy, in which his person and his saving power become present and effective in our lives. In the Lenten liturgy, as we accompany the catechumens preparing for Baptism, we open our hearts anew to the grace of our rebirth in Christ. This spiritual journey is traditionally marked by the practice of fasting, almsgiving and prayer. The Fathers of the Church teach that these three pious exercises are closely related: indeed, Saint Augustine calls fasting and almsgiving the “wings of prayer”, since they prepare our hearts to take flight and seek the things of heaven, where Christ has prepared a place for us. As this Lent begins, let us accept Christ’s invitation to follow him more closely, renew our commitment to conversion and prayer, and look forward to celebrating the Resurrection in joy and newness of life.

from Pope Benedict XVI’s General Audience, 9 March 2011

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  1. Editorial Staff says:

    Hi Margarita! You can learn more of Anne’s messages on this website – http://www.directionforourtimes.com/index.html.

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  2. Margarita says:

    Hi! I just stumbled upon this website today while researching the peaceful Philippino revolution of 1986. I am not familiar with the messages “Anne” is receiving. Could you please provide me with more info. on this? Thank you very much! God bless you! ~Margarita, USA

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