In the season of Lent, we enter into the forty-day fast that Jesus undertook in the wilderness. Through this dedicated period of self-examination, we allow God to further shape us into the image of Jesus. We also align our hearts with the suffering of Jesus as we move ever closer toward Holy Week and the event of the crucifixion.
The season begins with Ash Wednesday, in which we receive the imposition of ashes and are reminded we are but dust and to dust, we shall return. During this season, we observe chosen forms of fasting, prayer, and service or charity for forty days but break the fast on Sundays, which are considered feast days of celebration throughout the church year.
Lent is a season Christians often associate with sacrifices – whether that is giving up something we cherish or doing something charitable we normally don’t do. In fact, the Lenten and Easter seasons play out in our lives throughout the year. In life we often find God inviting us to sacrifice something, not because he doesn’t want us to have it, but because he has something better in store for us.
40 días de crecimiento espiritual centrándonos en la Pascua. La cuaresma adquiere un sentido mayor desde la Resurrección de Cristo, todo lo que hacemos con renuncias, mortificaciones y acciones de caridad que deberían ser lo ordinario en la vida diaria, ahora se transforman en un camino de crecimiento humano y espiritual para seguir a Jesús.