"Today theChurch celebrates Ash Wednesday, the beginning of her Lenten journeytowards Easter. The Christian life is itself a constant journey ofconversion and renewal in the company of the Lord.”
ThePope recalled that fasting, alms-giving and prayer help to deepenfaith and commit to living the Gospel.
He noted that fastingis not just to deprive yourself but to leada more moderatelife. Heasked everyoneto give alms and do good deeds for others aswell as stressingthe importance ofpiousand intenseprayersduring Lent.
BenedictXVI also said that Lent is a good time to renew the commitments thatare acquiredin Baptism.
“Aswe accompany the catechumens preparing for Baptism, we open ourhearts anew to the grace of our rebirth in Christ. This spiritualjourney is traditionally marked by the practice of fasting,almsgiving and prayer.”
Forthe pope,Lent is less abouttheobserved laws and precepts andmore about the person coming closer to Christ.
Amongthe 7,000 peoplein the audience was a Germanband thatdedicated a song for their countryman, Benedict XVI.