Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2023, and continues until the beginning of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 6, 2023. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
In his message for Lent 2023
, Pope Francis reminds us that “Lenten penance is a commitment, sustained by grace, to overcoming our lack of faith and our resistance to following Jesus on the way of the cross.”
“May the Holy Spirit inspire and sustain us this Lent in our ascent with Jesus, so that we may experience his divine splendour and thus, confirmed in faith, persevere in our journey together with him, glory of his people and light of the nations.”