At the start of Lent it is good to remind ourselves that growth in faith is not a matter of doing more, or trying harder. We do not sanctify ourselves – God is the one who sanctifies us. We cooperate in the process by inviting the Holy Spirit to transform our hearts of stone into hearts of grace. Remember that grace is the freely given gift of God’s favour, if only we accept it.

The theme this year for Project Compassion is ‘That you may have life’.  It reminds us that only through Jesus can we have the ‘fullness of life’ – which will include sharing our time and gifts in bringing life to others.

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