Benedict XVI urged pilgrims March 18 to keep their eyes fixed upon the goal of Lent, 'when we will accompany our Lord on the path to Calvary, so as to rise with him to new life.' He also spoke of St. Joseph, whose feast day is March 19, and his upcoming Mexico-Cuba trip.
'We should entrust ourselves to the will of the Father, reading events in the perspective of his glory, of his plan of love, which is often a mystery to our eyes. ... In our prayer, request, praise and thanksgiving should fuse together, even when it seems to us that God does not respond to our expectations.'