The Goals of Lent
- A deeper walk of faith – Spiritual Renewal: Early in the history of the church, Lent was a time for those who had committed some grave public sin to go through a process of penance and reconciliation. This penitential character of Lent became a time for all people to participate in the Christians disciplines that strengthen and renew faith and life.
- A greater understanding of Christ – Catechesis: In the early church Lent was a time when candidates were prepared for Baptism at Easter. So Lent was a time of catechesis – the Greek word for teaching.
- A deeper generosity to those in need – Care of the poor: Lent has been associated with fasting and the care of the poor. In Europe it came in the spring when food stocks dwindled. Sharing follows the instructions of Jesus.
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