Time of compassion: Archbishop Goh’s message for Lent

Describing Lent as a season of opportunity for 'metanoia', a change of mind and heart, the Archbishop recalled the importance of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Singapore
Mar 10 2014, 11:38 AM
Time of compassion: Archbishop Goh’s message for Lent
Archbishop William Goh.

Archbishop William Goh of Singapore in his Lenten message asked the faithful “to be moved by the suffering of others, the poor, the marginalized, those who are ostracized by society.”

The Archbishop said that it is through extending compassion for others that our humanity grows in fullness. “It is time, therefore, that the Church, once again, is a Church of mercy and compassion; a sacrament of God's mercy and compassion in Christ."

"Lent teaches us how to live the love and compassion of Christ. In his ministry on earth, Jesus expressed God's love to the needy, the sick, the lepers. His mercy culminated on the cross, when Christ forgave his enemies and offered his life," said Archbishop Goh’s message.

Describing Lent as a season of opportunity for 'metanoia', a change of mind and heart, the Archbishop recalled the importance of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

The prelate said, "Our internal renewal makes us grasp the immense mystery of the Father's love for us; He wants to be one with us. This desire of God to be close to us is expressed in his incarnation at Christmas and finds its perfect fulfilment in the Paschal Mystery."

"In Christ, God revealed himself as love. It is love in its most extreme form. God showed his compassion for humanity through the incarnation of Christ. Through this solidarity we have all become brothers and sisters in Christ," the message said.

"I pray that this Lenten season leads us to a true conversion of heart and mind. May the love and tenderness of Christ fill us with compassion and love, so that we can be a visible sign of his love and mercy in the world," the message concluded.

Source: Agenzia Fides

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