In his Lenten message for 2014, Pope Francis takes inspiration from the words of St. Paul (Cor 8:9), and asks us to contemplate Paul's invitation to live "a life of evangelical poverty."
We can begin to embrace this call by fasting from ormaterial things, including foods, that are superfluous to our basic needs; charitable habits that are directed to helping and caring for others; and our brothers and sisters who are in need through giving alms, praying and participating in devotional practices.
By taking an active approach to the three traditional pillars of Lenten observance,prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we recognize that to be evangelists, we must first be evangelized ourselves. Spiritual suggestions, along with inspirational words from Pope Francis and some of the saints who are remembered during the season on our downloadable Lenten calendarprovide a daily reminder of your evangelical call.
During the Lenten season, we encourage you to put aside your cares and worries and take a weekly “Audio Retreat” with host Elia Castillo. Every week, one of the Catholic bishops of the United States serves as retreat guide and homilist. You can listen to the retreats on your computer using any MP3 player or download them to your audio library or portable MP3 player. The retreats are available in both English and Spanish.CLICK HERE TO READ TODAY'S DAILY READING.