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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. The celebration of "Christ’s passion, death and resurrection, the culmination of the liturgical year, calls us yearly to undertake a journey of preparation, in the knowledge that our being conformed to Christ (Romans 8:29) is a priceless gift of God’s mercy," said Pope Francis in his 2019 Lent Message.
We partake in Lent with prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Prayer "teaches us to abandon idolatry and the self-sufficiency of our ego, and to acknowledge our need of the Lord and his mercy." Fasting turns us away "from the temptation to 'devour' everything to satisfy our voracity and (be) ready to suffer for love, which can fill the emptiness of our hearts." And almsgiving gives us an "escape (from) the insanity of hoarding everything for ourselves in the illusory belief that we can secure a future that does not belong to us." | lea en español