Lent: An act of Love for each day

From Pope Francis

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Day 1

Convert to a more holy Lent

Day 2

Say 'Thank you' without need.

Day 3

Greet those you see every day!

Day 4

Remind others how much you love them.

Day 5

Listen in silence without judging.

Day 6

Help someone so that he/she can rest.

Day 7

Separate what you do not use and give to those in need.

Day 8

Telephone someone you have not seen in a while.

Day 9

Recognise the successes and qualities in others.

Day 10

Give a break to someone who needs it.

Day 11

Stop to help someone in need.

Day 12

Cheer up someone who is sad.

Day 13

Correct with love, do not silence with fear.

Day 14

Always clean what you dirty at home.

Day 15

Always be gentle with others.

Day 16

Protect creation, care for life and for the earth.

Day 17

Accept each other as we are.

Day 18

Bring hope to others, always believing in the best.

Day 19

Look fondly on the world God gave us.

Day 20

Respect each other.

Day 21

Be in solidarity with the pain and suffering of others.

Day 22

Pray for a family in your community.

Day 23

Watch over the things of others and yours.

Day 24

Convey trust to each other.

Day 25

Do not succumb to temptations.

Day 26

Confess your faults in the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Day 27

Serve even if only a glass of water.

Day 28

Forgive and ask forgiveness of others for your failings.

Day 29

Avoid words and attitudes that hurt others.

Day 30

Visit an elderly person.

Day 31

Practice charity with the less fortunate.

Day 32

Proclaim the Gospel to every creature.

Day 33

Smile and always be cheerful.

Day 34

Care for others without restraint.

Day 35

Praise without envy.

Day 36

Cherish the little things around us.

Day 37

Help to relieve the weight off someone's back.

Day 38

Collaborate with each other's initiatives.

Day 39

Touch the hearts of others with yours.

Day 40

Celebrate the Lord's Passover.

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“For the creation waits with eager longing 
for the revealing of the children of God” (Rm 8: 19)


Dear brothers and sisters, the “lenten” period of forty days spent by the Son of God in the desert of creation had the goal of making it once more that garden of communion with God that it was before original sin (cf. Mk 1:12-13; Is 51:3). May our Lent this year be a journey along that same path, bringing the hope of Christ also to creation, so that it may be “set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom 8:21). Let us not allow this season of grace to pass in vain! Let us ask God to help us set out on a path of true conversion. Let us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption, and turn to Jesus’ Pasch. Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them. In this way, by concretely welcoming Christ’s victory over sin and death into our lives, we will also radiate its transforming power to all of creation.


From the Vatican, 4 October 2018
Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi

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