Keep your eyes fixed
on the outstretched arms of Christ crucified,
let yourself be saved over again.
We begin another Lent: a unique time of grace that invites us to deeper reflection on Christs´ Paschal Mystery. Our personal and community life - through baptism and consecration - is marked so much by the events of Jesus´ Death and Resurrection, that this mystery is its center. It is the heart and the source that constantly brings us the gift of new life, freed from sin and death.
The outstretched arms of the Crucified Lord create a unique space of love. They speak of a God who "so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (Jn 3:16).
To be saved again requires to believe in this love and gratefully accept the gift of God's mercy. It is to hear the voice of the Lord in attentive prayer and to be filled with a wisdom, which is not of this world (cf. 1 Cor. 1: 23-24) - that is the image of Christ crucified. To be saved again we need to open our hearts to others and share with them evangelical alms: - sharing our lives, in solidarity with their joys and hardships. It is through our outstretched hand that we become a sign of reconciliation and peace.
Dear Sisters, let Mary, Mother of Divine Love, be our Guide on this Lenten journey towards the Light of the Resurrection. Let us entrust to her our communities and relationships, our prayers and spiritual struggles. Let us allow ourselves to be embraced by her motherly tenderness and compassion.
I wish and pray that for each one of us this year's Lent will be a blessed time of grace, love and peace.
United in adoration of the Crucified Lord,
Sr. Izabela Świerad SAC
Rome, Lent 2020