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Thanks for sharing...beautiful words from the Pope!

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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I think Pope Francis is hitting the nail on the head right here with a lot of people being indifferent to one another! If God was indifferent to us we would be in a very sorry state right now. Time for reflection and change in our hearts~

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He has touched my heart.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things:... Psalm 98

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though... we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day my day....So fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal
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Doing nothing is the most perfect form of action, when I do nothing there is nothing left undone and there is nothing left to do.... The Way by Lao Tse

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Beautiful. Thank you.

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LENT 2015

Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer. Above all it is a
"time of grace" (2 Cor6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. "We love
because he first has loved us" (1 Jn4: 19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He
knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in
each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us. Usually, when we are
healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are
unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure ... Our heart grows cold.
As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don't think about those less well off. Today, this
selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a
globalization of indifference. It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront.
When the people of God are converted to his love, they find answers to the questions that history
continually raises. One of the most urgent challenges which I would like to address in this Message is
precisely the globalization of indifference. Indifference to our neighbour and to God also represents a real
temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets
who cry out and trouble our conscience. God is not indifferent to our world; he so loves it that he gave his
Son for our salvation. In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son of God, the
gate between God and man, between heaven and earth, opens once for all. The Church is like the hand
holding open this gate, thanks to her proclamation of God's word, her celebration of the sacraments and
her witness of the faith which works through love. But the world tends to withdraw into itself and shut that
door through which God comes into the world and the world comes to him. Hence the hand, which is the
Church, must never be surprised if it is rejected, crushed and wounded. God's people, then, need this
interior renewal, lest we become indifferent and withdraw into ourselves. To further this renewal, I would
like to propose for our reflection three biblical texts.
1. "If one member suffers, all suffer together" (1 Cor 12:26)- The Church
The love of God breaks through that fatal withdrawal into ourselves which is indifference. The Church
offers us this love of God by her teaching and especially by her witness. But we can only bear witness to
what we ourselves have experienced. Christians are those who let God clothe them with goodness and
mercy, with Christ, so as to become, like Christ, servants of God and others. This is clearly seen in the
liturgy of Holy Thursday, with its rite of the washing of feet. Only those who have first allowed Jesus to
wash their own feet can then offer this service to others. Only they have ďa part" with him (Jn 13:8) and
thus can serve others. Lent is a favorable time for letting Christ serve us so that we in turn may become
more like him. This happens whenever we hear the word of God and receive the sacraments, especially the
Eucharist. There we become what we receive: the Body of Christ. In this body there is no room for the
indifference which so often seems to possess our hearts. For whoever is of Christ, belongs to one body, and
in him we cannot be indifferent to one another. "If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part
is honoured, all the parts share its joy" (1 Cor12:26). The Church is the communio sanctorum not only
because of her saints, but also because she is a communion in holy things: the love of God revealed to us in
Christ and all his gifts. Among these gifts there is also the response of those who let themselves be touched
by this love. In this communion of saints, in this sharing in holy things, no one possesses anything alone,
but shares everything with others. And since we are united in God, we can do something for those who are
far distant, those whom we could never reach on our own, because with them and for them, we ask God
that all of us may be open to his plan of salvation.
Pope Francis' Lenten Message - 2015

Leader--Catholic Bible Study

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