A Time of Grace

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Our theme for Lent this year, “A Time of Grace,”  is taken from Pope Francis’ Lenten Message for 2015.  (The entire message can be found at https://stjohnswoodblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/pope-francis-2015-message-for-lent/)
“Dear Brothers and Sisters,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 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1Jn 4:19). 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.”
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