Pope Francis has already issued his Message for Lent 2017
He writes: "Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God 'with all their hearts' (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive (cf. Homily, 8 January 2016)."
You can read his beautiful message by downloading it here. It is a fantastic resource for personal and group reflection.
Bless us this day, O Lord, guide us back to community and communion
with you and all mankind through remembrance that we are all made in your image
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