“Lent is a good time to recover the joy and hope that make us feel beloved sons and daughters of the Father,” Pope Francis said while he visited the violent, crime-ridden Mexican suburb of Ecatepec. He said that “Lent is a time for reconsidering our feelings, for letting our eyes be opened to the frequent injustices which stand in direct opposition to the dream and the plan of God.”
The Pope in his message stressed that God “waits for us in order to cast off our garments of exhaustion, of apathy, of mistrust, and so clothe us with the dignity which only a true father or mother knows how to give their children.”
But the Pope said that while we try for a conversion, we would be interrupted and “threatened by the father of lies, by the one who tries to separate us, making a divided and fractious society.” The Pope warned the people to be vigilant against the devil who constantly seek to divide and to create “a society of the few, and for the few.”
Pope shared his message to the people of Ecatepec, one of the crowded and impoverished parts of Mexico. The place is known for its shanty living conditions and violence, especially against women.