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Lenten pastoral letter 2018 on the subject of "Open your eyes"

Cologne. The Archbishop of Cologne, Rainer Maria Cardinal Woelki, invites the archbishopric's believers in his this year's Lenten Shepherd's letter with the title "Open your eyes" to take enough time for central questions of faith despite the short period between Christmas and Easter this year. The 40 days of Lent are an “important and significant time” to “allow oneself to be found by the God of the present” and to face the challenges of the future. The Lenten Shepherd's letter will be read out on the 1st Sunday of Lent (February 18, 2018) in all Holy Masses, including the Eve masses, and will then also be available online.

 

The Archbishop finds a symbol for the pastoral path towards the future on which the Archbishopric of Cologne has embarked in the biblical account of the risen Christ who meets the disciples on the way to Emmaus: Christ also walks alongside the believers of his church in our time who may not always recognize him directly, like the Emmaus disciples, who “opened their eyes” late (Lk 24:31). The preparation time for Easter is therefore given above all to “make space on our paths in a special way so that Christ can step by our side: to accompany us, to listen to us, to remind us, to break our bread, to us to open our eyes, to make us fit for the future, ”said Woelki.