The strength of forgiveness and the merciful heart of the Father (Benedict XVI)
Contemplating the crucified One, with the eyes of faith, we can understand in depth what sin is, how tragic is its gravity, and at the same time how immense is the Lord’s power of forgiveness and mercy. During these days of Lent, let us not distance our hearts from this mystery of profound humanity and lofty spirituality. Looking at Christ, we feel at the same time looked at by Him. He whom we have pierced with our faults never tires of pouring out upon the world an inexhaustible torrent of merciful love. May mankind understand that only from this font is it possible to draw the indispensable spiritual energy to build that peace and happiness which every human being continually seeks.