BISHOP Crispin Hollis of Portsmouth is to urge Catholics to undergo radical spiritual renewal by putting Christ at the centre of their lives, writes Citra Sidhu.
In a Lenten pastoral letter, to be read in parishes on 25 February, he will call on the faithful to reclaim the Gospel "with Christ at its centre" — instead of inventing new programmes to carry out the Church's mission of bringing the Gospel to the world.
Bishop Hollis will say the call to proclaim the Good News is not one of "ceaseless activism and frantic doing".
"There has to be an inner journey as well if we are to be sustained in answering the call that the Lord is putting before us," he will say. "['here has to be a spirituality for our communion and our mission, because 'if the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders toil'."
Bishop Hollis will reiterate the Pope's message that prayer, the Scriptures, and the sacraments be the focus of Lent for all Catholics who wish to renew their lives.