The fourth Sunday of Lent is known as 'Laetare Sunday'. It is a day to break from the penitential mood of Lent, and instead has a theme of hope and rejoicing that Easter is near. Watch this video for a reflection on the Gospel for Laetare Sunday, 18 March 2012.
Each year a Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross) takes place at the Colosseum on Good Friday and is presided over by the Pope. The text that is read is always written by a different author. In 2012, the honor will go to Danilo and Anna Maria Zanzucchi, the Italian couple that launched the movement “New Family,” that's part of the Focolare movement.
Sometimes in order to get where you need to go, you need to turn around completely. Ask yourself, are you headed in the right direction? This is what Lent is about, assessing whether you need to turn your life around. Watch this video for more.
Any portrait of Jesus as a political revolutionary is inaccurate, Pope Benedict XVI told his Sunday public audience on March 11. Reflecting on the cleansing of the Temple, recounted in the day’s Gospel reading, the Pope said that some readers interpret it as a “political-revolutionary gesture.” But that interpretation is wrong, he said. The Pontiff pointed out that when Jesus drove out the money-changers, “it did not cause any reaction from the guardians of public order, because it was seen as a typically prophetical act.”
On 10 March, the head of the Church of England met with the Pope in Rome. Let us pray for greater unity between Anglicans and Catholics! Watch this video to reflect on Christian Unity.
Cities and towns throughout Australia have been faced with serious flooding over the past few days and weeks - particularly in NSW and QLD. Here is a prayer for those affected by the floods, that they will remain safe:
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How do you know it's Lent?
Every year the Church gives us this season to reflect on our lives and the direction in which we are headed. This is what Lent is all about. Do you need to make changes in your life? Are you walking with Jesus, or away from Him? Watch this video for more.
In addition to asking Catholics everywhere to pray for the Contribution of Women in the Church this month, the Holy Father has also asked that we pray: "That the Holy Spirit may grant perseverance to those who suffer discrimination, persecution, or death for the name of Christ, particularly in Asia." Fr. Kubicki reflects on Pope Benedict XVI's mission intention for March 2012.
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