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Lent is the 40-day, penitential season of preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with the Paschal Triduum. "Christian joy flows from listening to, and accepting, the Good News of the death and resurrection of Jesus," said Pope Francis in his 2020 Lent Message. It is the "cornerstone of our personal and communal Christian life."
We partake in Lent with prayer, fasting and almsgiving. "May we allow ourselves to be led like Israel into the desert (Hosea 2:14), so that we can at last hear our Spouse’s voice and allow it to resound ever more deeply within us. The more fully we are engaged with his word, the more we will experience the mercy he freely gives us. May we not let this time of grace pass in vain, in the foolish illusion that we can control the times and means of our conversion to him. The fact that the Lord once again offers us a favorable time for our conversion should never be taken for granted. This new opportunity ought to awaken in us a sense of gratitude and stir us from our sloth." | lea en español