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An annual season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesdayand lasting 40 weekdays to Easter, observed by Roman Catholic, Anglican, and certain other churches.

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A time of year to evaluate what is important in your life.

  • Feb 25, 2010
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The English word "Lent" derives from the Germanic word for "springtime".  For those of us who call ourselves Christians the season of Lent is a time for renewal and new life as well as a time to do some much needed spring cleaning and soul searching.  It is a unique opportunity to take a kind of spiritual inventory and to clean out those things that we feel only clutter our lives and get in the way of our relationship with God.  Recall that it was the fifth century philosopher Socrates who once observed that "the unexamined life is not worth living".  I would certainly agree.  I have found that Lent is the best time of the year to prayerfully assess my own life, to think about where I have been and where I might be going.  For me, the proper observance of Lent requires a great deal of quiet contemplation.  I hope to participate in a two-way conversation with God.  Not only do I want him to know of my wants and needs but I also long to really hear what it is he is trying to tell me.  This is easier said than done. There are so many distractions all around us.  Lent is also a time of repentance.  The message of Lent requires us to repent for our sins.   The forty days of Lent should be a life-changing experience.

I suppose it is up to each individual to figure out what he/she is ultimately trying to accomplish during  the season of Lent.  For me it is usually just trying to turn the corner in my ongoing inner struggle that is probably as old as humanity itself.  I want to transform my life from one that seeks only self-fulfillment, self-indulgence and self-gratification into one that places a special emphasis on self-control, self-denial, and self-sacrifice.  Make no mistake about it....these are lofty goals that require lots of hard work and constant reflection.  But my Catholic upbringing teaches me that this is the way Jesus wants me to live.  These values are in stark contrast to what the secular world deems to be important.  And though I seem to fall short each year I pledge once again to live up to these high ideals.  I for one take the Lenten season quite seriously and urge my fellow Christians to do the same.

Finally, even if you are not religious I would highly recommend that you undertake a period of quiet contemplation in your own life from time to time. I believe there is great value in it. I have found that there is an awful lot of truth in what Socrates had to say to us more than 1500 years ago. 
A time of year to evalute our life. A time of year to evaluate your life. A time of year to evaluate your life. A time of year to evaluate your life.

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Lent, in Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Conventionally, it is described as being forty days long, though different denominations calculate the forty days differently. The forty days represent the time that, according to the Bible, Jesus spent in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan.[1]

This practice was virtually universal in Christendom until the Protestant Reformation.[2] Some Protestant churches do not observe Lent, but most, such as Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Anglicans, and Episcopalians, do.

Lent was also traditionally the term used to describe the period leading up to Christmas before the term Advent was officially recognized.

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