"Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities [sic] and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that He Himself has not first given us. “We love because He first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in His Heart. He knows us by name, He cares for us and He seeks us out whenever we turn away from Him. He is interested in each of us; His love does not allow Him to be indifferent to what happens to us. Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure… Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference. It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront."
The season of Lent precedes and prepares for the Holy Triduum of Easter and the Easter season. It is a time to hear the Word of God, to convert, to prepare for and remember Baptism, to be reconciled with God and one's neighbor, and of more frequent recourse to the "arms of Christian penance": prayer, fasting and good works (cf. Matthew 6, 1-6. 16-18). From the Vatican.
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