The Poverty of Jesus “frees us and enriches us”. Pope Francis wrote in his Lenten Message, which concentrates on poverty, in particular on Christ's poverty. The Pope, in fact, begins by explaining that Jesus “became poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich”, as the theme of the message recalls, taken from the Second Letter to the Corinthians. Christ's choice for poverty, the Pontiff states, suggests a positive dimension the state of being poor..." From Pope Francis' Message for Lent, 2014.
We are invited to pray, fast, and give of what we have during the 40 days of Lent, so that we might purify and prepare ourselves to encounter again the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus at the Paschal Triduum.
Here are some opportunities and ideas for observing this Lenten Season:
Take a smaller portion at mealtime.
Spend 10 minutes less on Facebook.
Play one less round of a video game.
Take part in a service project.
Study for 10 extra minutes per day.
Drop $1 more in the collection at Mass.