Let us live Lent then, as a "Eucharistic" time
in which, welcoming the love of Jesus, we learn to
spread it around us with every word and deed.
Contemplating "Him whom they have pierced" moves us in this way to
open our hearts to others, recognizing the wounds inflicted upon
the dignity of the human person; it moves us, in particular, to fight
every form of contempt for life and human exploitation and to alleviate
the tragedies of loneliness and abandonment of so many people.
May Lent be for every Christian a renewed experience of God's love
given to us in Christ, a love that each day we, in turn, must "regive"
to our neighbour, especially to the one who suffers most and is in
need. Only in this way will we be able to participate fully in the joy
of Easter. May Mary, Mother of Beautiful Love, guide us in this
Lenten journey, a journey of authentic conversion to the love of Christ.
Pope Benedict XVI's Message for Lent 2007