Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Wise words to start Lent

ROME, MARCH 1, 2006 ( Prayer, fasting and penance are a Christian's weapons against hatred, Benedict XVI explained at a Mass where he celebrated the rite of imposition of ashes.

In an Ash Wednesday homily, the Pope said that Lent reminds us "that Christian life is a constant battle."

"To struggle against evil, against all forms of egoism and hatred, and to die to oneself to live in God, is the ascetic path that every disciple of Christ is called to undertake with humility and patience, with generosity and perseverance," the Holy Father explained.

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