Let Us Begin Our Journey Towards Easter
"It is not possible to share in the mission of Jesus, in the mission of the Gospel, without sharing in the desert experience, its poverty, its hunger.... The desert is a place of silence, of solitude. It is the absence of the daily exchanges of daily life, its noise and its superficiality. The desert is the place of the absolute, the place of freedom.... It is a place of grace. In putting aside all preoccupations we encounter our Creator."
Pope Benedict XVI