|We may be sure that a season so sacred as
this of Lent is rich in mysteries. The Church has made it
a time of recollection and penance, in preparation for
the greatest of all her feasts; she would therefore,
bring into it everything that could excite the faith of
her children, and encourage them to go through the
arduous work of atonement for their sins.
The institution of Lent is brought before us with everything
|that can impress the mind with its solemn
character, and with its power of appeasing God that can impress the mind with its solemn
character, and with its power of appeasing God and
purifying our souls. Let us, therefore, look beyond the
little world which surrounds us, and see how the whole
Christian universe is, at this very time, offering this
forty days' penance as a sacrifice of propitiation to the
offended Majesty of God; and let us hope that, as in the
case of the Ninivites, He will mercifully accept this
year's offering of our atonement, and pardon us our sins.
-- Abbot Gueranger O.S.B.
Pope John Paul II
Our Lady of Sorrows