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Catholic Diocese of Little Rock
Published: February 10, 2016
Our Father beckons: "Return to me with your whole heart." Each Lent the Church offers us a 40-day retreat designed to help us respond to God's call. Lent is the primary penitential season of the liturgical year. We partake in Lent with prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with the Easter Triduum — Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The Triduum is the liturgical celebration to help us embrace the ultimate act of love: Jesus' passion, death and resurrection, the foundation of the Christian faith. We offer the following resources to help you get the most from your time in desert:
Perform penance as works of mercy — Denying ourselves of normal pleasures is only a small part of participating in Lent. Acts of penance put into physical reality what should be happening in our hearts. During this Year of Mercy we examine how performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy can help us love one another as we love ourselves.