Priestly Fraternity of the Dowry of Mary

penanceThought and meditations on the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

By Mgr Alban FSDM

Today, we find ourselves in a strange place in the life of the Church. First of all, the Roman Catholic Church is without a leader, while the previous one is still living. We await with anticipation the election by the Cardinals of the new Bishop of Rome. It seems likely, though not certain, that there will be a new Holy Father by this time next week.

The Bishop of Rome is traditionally known as the Holy Father, as he is a spiritual father to us all. Even, we who are not in full communion with him, recognise him as the leader of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church. We pray for him in the Canon of the Mass – though not during the period of Sede Vacante – as we recognise that he has a…

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