What is the cause of rejoicing that seems to break the somber mood of the season of Lent? What is the cause of rejoicing as we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the installation of our Holy Father? What these two celebrations have in common is that both share the same message of giving hope to a broken humanity that is searching for peace, mercy and compassion. Both these celebrations proclaim in a nutshell, the joy of the gospel. Both proclaim the gospel of hope, forgiveness and mercy.
We must continue the path of fraternal communion, sharing in the one faith, one baptism and one Lord, walking with courage and determination towards an ever fuller unity. This journey of course requires us to listen to the common Spirit given to us at baptism and our Lord’s call to unity. We must root all initiatives in Christ, through dialogue, collaboration and in prayer.