Because they have become ... - Lc 11, 29-32
At that time, 29 when the crowds gathered in large amount, Jesus began to say: "This is a bad generation. It seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah. 30 indeed, as Jonas was a sign to the ninevites, so also will the son of man to this generation. 31 on judgment day, the Queen of the South will rise along with the men of this generation, and condemn. Because she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. And here's who is greater than Solomon. 32 on the day of judgment, the ninevites will rise along with this generation and will condemn. Because they have become when they heard the preaching of Jonah. And here's who is greater than Jonah."
No other signal will be given. The signal this time is this, God gave us this time of grace, called Lent, for us to live and do penance. However, let's not make a sterile and exterior penance. I hear some saying: "I don't know how long without eating this and that!". All right! Offer to God this experience. You're not taking refrigerant, not eating chocolate, it is common to most of the practice, however, we're out of practice and didn't touch on the essentials. Where is the penance of the tongue? Where is the penance of thoughts? Where is the penance of bad intentions? If you can be 40 days without speaking ill of other people's lives, will be better and bigger than any penance you can do! This will move the heavens, will save a lot of people the wrong way, and it's going to save your own life. Our penances are sincere and true, to our own inner correction!
Adapted by Flávio from site CN
Jesus, que minha penitência seja sincera e verdadeira, para minha própria correção interior.
Traçando o sinal da cruz em seu/ua filho/a: Abençoe a você (nome do filho/a), nosso Deus que é † Pai, Filho e Espírito Santo, para que você filho/a viva sempre no amor de Deus e fazendo só o bem a todos. Amém!
By tracing the sign of the cross in you say: Bless me Lord God that is † father, son, and holy spirit, to live always in your love and doing good to all. Amen!
By tracing the sign of the cross on your son/daughter/au: Bless you (name of child), our God who is † father, son, and holy spirit, for you child alive always in love of God and doing good to all. Amen!