By Linda Bordoni
The Bishops of Venezuela have released a Lenten message in which they describe the difficult time the nation is living as “a desert” from which they will emerge transformed.
“Lent represents for us, the Venezuelan people, who are living a difficult time, a moment in which we must cross the desert of our lives” the message reads.
Released by Bishop José Trinidad Fernandez, Secretary General of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, the 2019 Lenten message says the people of Venezuela are like the Israelites who journeyed through the desert when they fled Egypt, to be liberated by God.
Leaving slavery and misery behind
“Lent” bishop Fernandez concludes, “is a time to come out of slavery and misery, to meet with Him as the people of God, a faithful people capable of transformation that shares in the gifts that Christ grants, because by living in justice and peace, we build a better world”.