Dear Friends, Throughout the centuries, the Church has lived the Lenten period with great spiritual intensity. Jesus’ example in the desert, praying and fasting for forty days and forty nights before facing and vanquishing the devil, has deeply marked the journey of preparation for Easter. Nowadays, all of this may seem to have vanished and there are few very few who live this extraordinary moment of commitment and grace. As the family of Radio Maria, we must welcome the Church’s invitation so that Lent may return to what it has always been in the Christian life.
First of all, Lent is the time to dedicate ourselves to prayer in a special way. This does not mean just saying our prayers well and participating in the liturgical celebrations. We must seek God in the intimacy of our hearts and keep ourselves with him every day so that He might illuminate the decisions to be made and strengthen us to be faithful.
Lent is a privileged time of fasting and penance, certainly not to be reduced to that little that the Church asks of us. To find the strength to overcome the temptations of the flesh and the devil we must learn the art of renunciation, which strengthens the will and enables us to overcome sin.
Easter confession becomes the culmination of the path of conversion and prepares our hearts to receive the peace of Easter.
Yours truly, Fr. Livio
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