The Great Lent

Lent is a spiritual treasure to help the fasting person benefit the entire year. It is a period of repentance, reflection and doing mercy. It is a great period to do good deeds, and to help those in need. It is also a period of reconciliation with others, and as we ask God to forgive our sins, we must also forgive those who have sinned against us.

During the Great Lent, devote three things to God: your heart, your thoughts, and your will. During a fast, we are in need of seriousness and spirituality and should not pursue the matter in a routine and careless manner. Fasting is not just a set of formalities or an ordinance by the church. It is a blessing given to us by God and organized by the Church for our spiritual benefit.

“Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself.”

St. Augustine of Hippo

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