A Time to Cleanse Our Hearts:
A Reflection from Pope Francis

"In this time of Lent we are preparing for the celebration of Easter, when we will renew the promises of our baptism. Let us walk in the world as Jesus did, and let us make our whole existence a sign of our love for others, especially the weakest and poorest.

Let us build for God a temple of our lives and make it approachable for those who we find along our journey. If we are witnesses of the living Christ, so many people will encounter Jesus in us, in our witness.

But does the Lord feel at home in my life? Do we allow him to "cleanse" our hearts and drive out the idols, those attitudes of greed, jealousy, worldliness, envy, hatred, those habits of gossiping and tearing down others? Do I allow him to cleanse all the behaviors that are against God, against our neighbor and against ourselves?

Jesus cleanses with tenderness, mercy, love. Mercy is his way of cleansing. Let us, each of us, let us allow the Lord to enter with his mercy to cleanse our hearts. What most hinders God from coming to dwell in the temple of my heart?"