Here is Pope Saint John
Paul II’s final Lenten meditation, which he finished on September 8th,
2005 – the birthday of Our Lady – just before his death on April 2nd,
2005. A fitting recollection on the joy – and sacrifice – of ageing well, as a
gift from God to ‘do good’, while we yet may.

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

1. Each year, the Lenten Season is set before us
as a good opportunity for the intensification of prayer and penance, opening
hearts to the docile welcoming of the divine will. During Lent, a spiritual
journey is outlined for us that prepares us to relive the Great

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