· After the Angelus Pope Francis begins Lenten spiritual exercises in Ariccia ·
The Word of Jesus in the Gospel “gives us the strength, sustains us in struggle against the worldly mind-set that would lower man to the level of his primitive needs, causing him in the process to lose hunger for what is true, good and beautiful, hunger for God and for his love.” Pope Francis said this at the Angelus on Sunday, 9 March, commenting on the temptation of Jesus during the 40 days in the desert before beginning his public ministry. “The tempter”, he said, “seeks to divert Jesus from the Father’s plan, that is, away from the way of sacrifice, of the love that offers oneself in expiation, that he instead would take an easy path, one of success and power”. But Jesus “knows too well that he cannot dialogue with Satan, we must also remember this in moments of temptation”. That afternoon Pope Francis went to the Casa Divin Maestro in Ariccia, where he will stay until Friday morning, 14 March, for spiritual exercises with the Roman Curia.
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