'We can gain some insight into the humility and spirituality of Pope Francis from the letter below that he published at the beginning of this Lent 2013 for his faithful people in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His writing style is more simple and direct than the, at times, lofty intellectual reflections of Papa Emeritus. This is not to detract from the immensely valuable writings and speech of Benedict, it is simply to point out a difference between the teaching style of the two men.'
Cardinal Bergoglio’s Diocesan Lenten Letter, 2013'And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil. (Joel 2:13)'
Rend your heart, not the clothing of technical fasting of compliance that only serves to keep us satisfied.
Rend your heart, not the clothing of egotistical and superficial prayer that does not reach the inmost part of our life to allow it to be touched by God.
May God bless and Our Lady guide and protect our Holy Father, Pope Francis. Amen.