CWN - Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said in an interview with Euronews that the Holy See supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.

Calling for “respect of the international legality on the territory and the borders of Ukraine,” the prelate said “that concerns everything,” including Crimea.

The prelate also commented on Europe’s migrant crisis:

We are aware that Europe is taking on an unprecedented challenge that has been jeopardizing its own nature as well as its own cohesion. The issue of the integration is a really scary one. The phenomen[on] of immigration is happening so fast that there’s not even time to grasp or assimilate it. That’s the reason why we need a great cultural effort that could help us to live together, in order to avoid that those differences that we perceive don’t become sources of conflict and contrasts. Rather, we need to turn it into an opportunity of mutual improvement.


Teachings of Christ

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Random Proverb

"The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin." (Proverbs 10:10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Our Lord Jesus Christ..., who came to liberate mankind, in which both males and females are destined to salvation, was not adverse to males, for He took the form of a male, nor to females, for of a female He was born. Besides, there is a great mystery here: that just as death comes to us through a woman, Life is born to us through a woman; that the devil - defeated - would be tormented by each nature, feminine and masculine, since he had taken delight in the defection of both.

St. Augustine of Hippo, Ca. A.D. 397, Christian Combat 22, 24 in The Faith of the Early Fathers (Jurgens, Liturgical Press) 3:50, no. 1578