Could this be the first weekend without a storm in almost a month?
February was a real February this year. After all we do live in New England.
This month of March will indeed be historic for our Church.
In many ways Pope Benedict XVI has invited the entire Church into the Desert of Lent. In many ways he has called us all to prayer. These next few weeks will focus our attention on our Church. It will give us a chance to reflect on the nature of the Church and the direction the Holy Spirit is leading us. It is a time of blessing and a time for prayer. It is a time when the Holy Spirit will come upon us. The remaining weeks of Lent will be a time for all of us to be part of the process for choosing a new Pope. Our role will be that of prayer and reflection. We must pray that the Holy Spirit lead and guide the Cardinals of our Church. We must reflect on the gift that the Church truly is.
Over these next few weeks will learn a great deal about the history of the Papacy and the issues the Church faces in the twenty-first century. It is a time for all of us to appreciate the global reality of our Church and its potential for being the Light of Christ in an often darkened world.
Let us take advantage of this opportunity. Let us joyfully and humbly enter into this desert experience into which the Holy Spirit has led us.
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