Others will also recall it now, but I am grateful to Mark Chater, director of Culham St Gabriel's Trust in Oxford, for reminding me of one of the most significant sayings said to have been received from Christ by St Francis of Assisi: "Francis, go repair my house which, as you see, is falling completely to ruin."
As well as an opportunity to re-evaluate priorities, re-set our goals and pathways, and look at what we might fruitfully take up and usefully give up, the period of Lent in the Christian tradition is one of deepening our wrestling with the heart and with God (or prayer, as it is usually known).
A great obstacle to a just peace today is the high level of unemployment among young people all over the world, says Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches. It feels as though we are gambling with the welfare and happiness of a whole generation. Yet we need the vision and the courage of young people to help make vital changes, not least when we see how they are leading processes of democratization and peace in many countries today.