9 Inspiring Lenten Quotes & Sayings from Pope Francis

Lent is a time of prayer, reflection, fasting, penance, and preparation, honoring the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This year, the beginning of the 40-day and 40-night event — Ash Wednesday — falls on Feb. 14, with the season coming to a close Saturday, March 1, the night before Easter Sunday.

To aide you in your observance, we invite you to read, internalize, share, and be inspired by some of our favorite quotes, sayings, and writings from the holiest of Catholics: Pope Francis.

The Lenten Words of Pope Francis

1. Lent is a time of renewal and grace.

“Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer. Above all it is a time of grace.”

Pope Francis Quote on Lent as a Time of Renewal & Grace

(Source: Lenten Message of Our Holy Father Francis 2015, Official Vatican Website)

2. Lent is an awakening.

"Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy."

Pope Francis Quote on Reawakening During Lent

(Source: Catholic News Service)

3. Lent signals a new beginning and victory.

“Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death.”

Pope Francis Quote on Lent Signaling a New Beginning

(Source: Lenten Message of Our Holy Father Francis 2017, Official Vatican Website)

4. Lent calls us to “dive into the sea of prayer.”

"In the face of so many wounds that hurt us and could lead to a hardness of heart, we are called to dive into the sea of prayer, which is the sea of the boundless love of God, in order to experience his tenderness."

Pope Francis Quote on Lent Helping Us Dive into a Sea of Prayer

(Source: Catholic News Service)

5. Fasting during Lent can help us become our best selves.

"Fasting makes sense if it really chips away at our security and, as a consequence, benefits someone else, if it helps us cultivate the style of the good Samaritan, who bent down to his brother in need and took care of him.” — Pope Francis

Pope Francis Quote on Fasting During Lent

(Source: Catholic News Service)

6. Lent reminds us that love is the answer.

“The corporal and spiritual works of mercy must never be separated. By touching the flesh of the crucified Jesus in the suffering, sinners can receive the gift of realizing that they too are poor and in need. By taking this path, the ‘proud’, the ‘powerful’ and the ‘wealthy’ spoken of in the Magnificat can also be embraced and undeservedly loved by the crucified Lord who died and rose for them. This love alone is the answer to that yearning for infinite happiness and love that we think we can satisfy with the idols of knowledge, power and riches.”

Pope Francis Quote on Love During Lent

(Source: Lenten Message of Our Holy Father Francis 2016, Official Vatican Website)

7. Lent is the perfect time to deny ourselves in order to enrich others’ lives.

“Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.”

Pope Francis Quote on Self Denial During Lent

(Source: Lenten Message of Our Holy Father Francis 2014, Official Vatican Website)

8. Lent reconnects us with Christ.

“Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbor. The Lord, who overcame the deceptions of the Tempter during the forty days in the desert, shows us the path we must take. May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need.”

Pope Francis Quote on Lent Renewing Our Encounter With Christ

(Source: Lenten Message of Our Holy Father Francis 2017, Official Vatican Website)

9. Almsgiving during Lent can being freeing.

“[Almsgiving helps free us from] obsession of possession, from the fear of losing what they have and from the sadness of not sharing their well-being with others."

Pope Francis Quote on Almsgiving During Lent

(Source: Catholic News Service)

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