Here at Georgetown Visitation faculty and staff members meet at lunch once a month to discuss some aspect of Salesian spirituality.
Because of the recent news about our Holy Father's retirement, this month we are discussing his Message for Lent 2013 which quite beautifully describes the close relationship between faith and charity.
I quote: "The celebration of Lent, in the context of the Year of Faith, offers us a valuable opportunity to meditate on the relationship between faith and charity; between believing in God - the God of Jesus Christ - and love, which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and which guides us on the path of devotion to God and others.
Pope Benedict closes this message with these words of encouragement:
Dear brothers and sisters,
In this season of Lent, as we celebrate the event of the Cross and Resurrection - in which the love of God redeemed the world and shone its light upon history - I express my wish that all of you may spend this precious time rekindling your faith in Jesus Christ, so as to enter with him in the dynamic love for the Father and for every brother and sister that we encounter in our lives. For this intention, I raise my prayer to God, and I invoke the Lord's blessing upon each individual and upon every community!
You may find the entire message on line by googling Pope Benedict's Lenten message.
Let us pray in gratitude for
God's tremendous love for us!!!!
Sister Mary Berchmans Hannan, VHM