Pope Francis states in his 2018 Lenten Message: “Above all, I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. If, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts, know that this is never the case in the heart of God! He constantly gives us a chance to begin loving anew.” Read the Holy Father’s Lenten Message https://zenit.org/articles/popes-message- for-lent-2018/.
Pope Francis also invites us all to observe a day of prayer, fasting and initiatives for peace on Friday, February 23rd, in the first full week of Lent. He said, “Everyone, in their own consciences, before God, should ask, ‘what can I do for peace?’
“Surely, we can pray but not only: each one of us can say ‘no’ to violence in their own way, because victories obtained through violence are false victories, while working for peace benefits all.”
Pope Francis said the prayers and fasting should be offered in a particular way for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Our International Fraternity (CIOFS) prayer intention this month is for the national fraternities in the Congo and Cyprus. There is much for us to pray and fast.