This week we begin our Lenten journey with Ash Wednesday, when we recall our human condition and the need for a saviour. During the next forty days we recall the essentials of our Christian faith and conclude with the joy that comes from Christ's resurrection celebrated on Easter Sunday. During this Lenten journey, Pope Francis invites us to reflect on the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians: "He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich." (Cor. 8.9) In his message for Lent, the Holy Fathers says: "God's becoming man is a great mystery! But the reason for all this is his love, a love which is grace, generosity, a desire to draw near, a love which does not hesitate to offer itself in sacrifice for the beloved. Charity, love, is sharing with the one we love in all things. Love makes us similar, it creates equality, it breaks down walls and eliminates distances. God did this with us."