“Today we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent. The liturgical theme of the day centers on salvation and faith. Through Jesus, all humankind is offered salvation. We hear in today’s responsorial God’s response to our faith, “Because he clings to me, I will deliver him.” Therefore, we can entrust ourselves to God, for His love is steadfast. As Jesus was tempted, we too, have entered 40 days of testing during Lent. Worshiping and trusting the One True God will bring us through, resulting in our living again “with dignity in a new life.
“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we preach), for, if you confess – with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved,” (Romans 10:8-9)
Catholic saints are holy people and human people who lived extraordinary lives. Each saint the Church honors responded to God's invitation to use his or her unique gifts. God calls each one of us to be a saint:)
The movement of love between Father, Son and Spirit runs through our history, and Christ draws us to himself in order to save us (cf. Jn 12:32). At the centre of our faith is the confession of Jesus, the Son of God, born of a woman, who brings us, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, to adoption as sons and daughters (cf. Gal 4:4).
Let us turn in prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of our faith.
Mother, help our faith! Open our ears to hear God’s word and to recognize his voice and call. Awaken in us a desire to follow in his footsteps, to go forth from our own land and to receive his promise. Help us to be touched by his love, that we may touch him in faith. Help us to entrust ourselves fully to him and to believe in his love, especially at times of trial, beneath the shadow of the cross, when our faith is called to mature. Sow in our faith the joy of the Risen One. Remind us that those who believe are never alone. Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus, that he may be light for our path. And may this light of faith always increase in us, until the dawn of that undying day which is Christ himself, your Son, our Lord!
Pope Francis - LUMEN FIDEI (Light of Faith) p. 60
Mary Help Of Christians Pray for Us!
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;
to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy hear and answer me.