Today, we come together as an Archdiocese and join with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and with Catholics throughout the world in observing 24 Hours for the Lord, one day when we give ourselves to God through prayer, Reconciliation, and Eucharistic adoration. Pope Francis called for this special observance in Lent during this Year of Mercy so as to help us deepen our relationship with the person of Jesus Christ, to help some of us fall in love with Him for the first time, and others to fall in love with Him all over again. Our love for Jesus is the most important step toward our lifelong journey to discipleship. I invite you to visit our website, www.archbalt.org, and to check with your parish about how to give 24 Hours for the Lord. May this be a time for you to grow in your love for Jesus and may you emerge from this observance inspired to share this precious gift with others!