According to the Pope, ‘hope’ is particularly important in this time, as the world struggles to cope with the effects of the pandemic. “In these times of trouble, when everything seems fragile and uncertain, it may appear challenging to speak of hope. Yet Lent is precisely the season of hope, when we turn back to God who patiently continues to care for his creation which we have often mistreated,” he said. The Pope added that one can inspire hope by sharing the love through words kindness and reminding others to have faith in the Lord.
“In Lent, may we be increasingly concerned with speaking words of comfort, strength, consolation and encouragement, and not words that demean, sadden, anger or show scorn,” he said.