Mt 11:28-30
I shall spend every moment loving. One who loves does not notice her trials; or perhaps more accurately, she is able to love them. -St. Bernadette Soubirous
"Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy."
— Pope Francis
"Lent is like a long ‘retreat’ during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One. It is a period of spiritual ‘combat’ which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism."
— Pope Benedict XVI
"Renounce yourself in order to follow Christ; discipline your body; do not pamper yourself, but love fasting."
— Saint Benedict
"As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst…’Repent and believe’ Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor — He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you."
— Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

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San Jorge Church by Chris TaylorLa Coruna, Spain
San Jorge Church by Chris Taylor
La Coruna, Spain
"Brothers, do not be surprised and do not be afraid. Unwittingly you have pursued falsehood thinking it to be the truth. If you had been taught the truth first you would have been found effortlessly tending toward salvation, just as you now effortlessly lean toward perdition."
— St. Norbert, to the people of Antwerp
"When you are before the altar where Christ reposes, you ought no longer to think that you are amongst men; but believe that there are troops of angels and archangels standing by you, and trembling with respect before the sovereign Master of Heaven and earth. Therefore, when you are in church, be there in silence, fear, and veneration."
— St. John Chrysostom
"Often make acts of love of our Lady, the saints, and the holy angels. Make friends with them. Talk with them frequently, using words of praise and tenderness. When you have gained familiar access to the citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem above, you will grieve far less at bidding farewell to those of the mean city here below."
— St. Francis de Sales