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Feb 162016

 “KeepLent” was created for Lent this year; the First message of Pope Francisco

The Canção Nova newsroom, with Vatican Radio

The Pope Francisco validates the idea of young people of Pompeii, in Italy, to send a message (full text below) the initiative “KeepLent” which will proclaim the Gospel in social networks during the Lenten period.

Messages are disseminated through the app Telegram. Every morning, the subscribers will receive a text with an excerpt from the Gospel of the day and a voice message-in Italian-, of about of 1 minute and a half.

The first will be the Pope Francis’ meditation . As a result, it will be up to priests, catechists and teachers of Italian Catholic Action, religious education teachers, responsible for movements and associations and members of the Youth Ministry.

Every Sunday, the commentary of the Gospel will be done by Bishop Tommaso Caputo, Archbishop of Pompeii, with the illustrations of Father Giovanni Berti. Messages can also be accessed on the social networks of Pastoral Giovenili de Pompei [Youth Pastoral of Pompeii].

The Pope’s message

Dear young people,

Jesus said to his disciples, “be vigilant in not practicing your righteousness before men to be seen by them”. “When you give alms, do not announce it” … “The father who is in heaven and seeing the secrets will reward you.”

“The word of God gives us the proper guidance to live Lent. When we do something good, sometimes we are tempted to receive appreciation and get a reward: human glory.

But this is a false reward because we it pushes us toward what others think of us. Jesus asks us to do good because it is good. He asks us to be always under the gaze of the Father who is in heaven and live in relationship with him, not in relation to the judgment of others.

Living in the presence of the father is a much deeper joy of a worldly glory. Our behavior in this Lent is, therefore, that to live in secret where the Father sees us, loves us and waits for us.

Certainly, the external things are important, but we should always choose and live in the presence of God.

Let’s do it in prayer, Mortification and in fraternal charity what we humbly before God. So we will be worthy of the reward of God Father.

Great Lent, our Lady of Pompeii keep them and, please, pray for me. “

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Feb 152016

 Lent is time to return to God, time to assess our humanity and recognize that we don’t always live a coherent Christian life: our relationship with God and with our brothers and sisters. It’s time to devote ourselves to prayer, fraternity and fasting. The Church at this time calls us to walk step by step toward the Easter of the Lord seeking to renew our baptismal commitment; new life in Christ, until his coming glory at the end of time.

o-senhor-faz-por-nos-maravilhasJesus our master guides us to live the three special practices of lent and how to do it:
1. Almsgiving – “When you give alms, do not let your left hand know
what your right hand is doing so that your Almsgiving stay hidden. And your father who sees what is hidden, will give you the reward “.
2. Prayer-“When you PRAY, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father who is hidden. And your father who sees what is hidden, will give you the reward “.
3. Fasting – “You, when YOU FAST, perfume your head and wash your face, so that men do not see that you are fasting, but only your father, who is hidden. And your father who sees what is hidden, will give you the reward. (Mt 6,

As believers we are invited to approach the Holy ashes reminding us of the fragility of our humanity, and sign of penance, because God says: “Because you are dust and to dust you will return” (cf. Gen 3, 19b).
Let us open our hearts to the Lord, the source of life and fullness.

Our prayer to the Lord.
Almighty and Eternal God, you who moved with the humble and forgiving those who confess their faults, as father of mercies and God of all consolation, hear us! Lord Jesus, grant us your Holy Spirit, convert our hearts, give us the grace to change our life, and the joy of salvation.

Let us seek today the silence, friendship and companion of the Contemplatives of God!

Luzia Santiago

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