Today God our Father brings us to the beginning of Lent. We pray that in this time of salvation He will fill us with the Holy Spirit, purify our hearts, and strengthen us in love. Let us humbly ask him: Lord, give us your Holy Spirit.
May we be filled and satisfied, by the word which you give us.
Teach us to be loving not only in great and exceptional moments, but above all in the ordinary events of our life.
May we abstain from what we do not really need, and help our brothers and sisters in distress.
May we bear the wounds of your Son in our bodies, for through his body he gave us life.
protect us in our struggle against evil. As we begin the discipline of Lent, make this day holy by our self-denial. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.