Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, ofmcap, is giving his annual Lenten homilies each Friday as usual.
Last year's texts and archives can be found on Father Cantalamessa's website, and he is also adding the texts of this year's homilies. The links here are to Zenit, but the same homilies can be found either on Father Cantalamessa's website or on Zenit.
First homily for Lent 2009: "We Are Born 'Old Men' and We Must Become 'New Men'"
"The Holy Spirit is he who makes each one of us pass from chaos to the cosmos: From disorder, from confusion and from dispersion, to order, unity and beauty, that beauty which consists of being conformed to the will of God and in the image of Christ, in passing from the old man to the new man."
Second homily for Lent 2009: "The Law Is at the Service of Love and Defends It"
"Only if we discover the deep and vital relationship that there is between law and love, between decision and institution, can we respond correctly to those questions and give young people a convincing reason to "bind themselves" to love forever and not to be afraid of making love a 'duty.' The duty to love protects love from 'desperation' and makes it 'happy and independent' in the sense that it protects it from the despair of not being able to love forever. Kierkegaard says, give me a person that is truly in love and you will see whether the thought of having to love forever is a weight for him or rather the highest bliss."
Third homily for Lent 2009: "There Is a Very Close Relationship Between Conscience and the Holy Spirit"
"The concrete fruit of this meditation could be a renewed decision to trust ourselves in everything and for everything to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, as a sort of 'spiritual direction'. It is written that 'whenever the cloud rose from the Dwelling, the Israelites would resume their march. If the cloud did not rise, they would not resume their march' (Exodus 40:36-37). Even we should not undertake anything if it is not the Holy Spirit, that according to tradition is prefigured by the cloud, who moves us and without having consulted him first in every action."
Fourth homily for Lent 2009: "There Is No Gift More Beautiful than Spreading Hope"
"One of the principle dangers in the spiritual life is that of discouragement when faced with the repetition of the same sins and the seemingly useless cycle of resolution and relapse. Hope saves us. It gives us the strength to start over again, to believe each time that it will work, the strength of true conversion. In this way, God's heart is moved and he will come to our aid with his grace."