Holy Father Pope Francis while addressing the faithful gathered at Casa Santa Marta conveyed that The Lord never grows weary of calling each of us to change our lives, to take a new step towards Him by being converted; and He does it with the sweetness and confidence of a Father. His Holiness Pope Francis highlighted that Lent is a time that is helpful for conversion, for growing closer to God, for changing our life and urged the faithful to ask for this grace to the Lord Almighty.
As reported by Vatican Radio, Holy Father Pope Francis emphasized on the significance of confession in a faithful’s life and remarked that “Let us thank the Lord for His goodness. He does not want to beat us and condemn us. He gave His life for us and this is His goodness. And He is always looking for a way to get to the heart. And when we priests, in the place of the Lord, have to hear confessions, we too should have this attitude of goodness.” Further, His Holiness added, “The Lord does the same with us, saying, Come now, let us discuss it, let’s talk. Receive forgiveness. There is forgiveness.”
His Holiness Pope Francis concluded his remarks by reminding that “It is helpful to me to see this attitude of the Lord: the [attitude of a] Father with the child who thinks he is big, that he is all grown up, and yet is only halfway there. And the Lord knows that all of us are halfway there, and often we need this, we need to hear these words: ‘Come on, don’t be afraid, come. There is forgiveness.’ And this encourages us. Go to the Lord with an open heart: He is the Father who is waiting for you.”