1. Marilyn says:

    I observed Lent 7 years ago and gave up sweets and cigarettes…I am a non-smoker still. My God took away the desire to smoke, and Jesus gas His all for me…it’s the least I could do to give praise to my Lord.

  2. misundrstd says:

    I am a practicing Catholic and stumbled across your post. Sir, may I respectfully suggest that you attend a stations of the cross service on a fact finding mission? I find these services richly meaningful and deeply relevant to keeping the story of Christ’s ministry, Passion and resurrection in mind this season.

  3. J MC says:

    Ash Wednesday may be my favorite day of the year, there isn’t any other day when friends and strangers alike ask you about the mark upon your forehead (or try to discreetly wipe it off)…there also isn’t another day when you are able to witness to so many. It is a day that opens others up to the celebration of Christ’s life. There are different events that we should remember to celebrate, besides the beginning and the end. The previous mention of the “Stations of the Cross”, these too are reminders…actually a pilgrimage of prayer. They represent each of the “pauses” of Jesus’ walk after he was condemned to death. Lent is a time to pause…to reflect…to pray…to renew and to strengthen our walk. Peace be with you.

  4. Alex Costea says:

    The season of LENT is important for Christians as it helps us be deliberate about our devotional time – it is also about intentionally taking time to concentrate on Jesus in a concerted and spiritual way.

    As a Roman Catholic-raised United Methodist Pastor, the season of LENT is more important than the Advent season, as it takes us on the journey thru Passion Week (Holy Week) to the Cross and finally to the EMPTY TOMB.

    We take that journey with our Savior, and LENT helps focus it to crystal clarity for me.

  5. Jerry says:

    Greetings. I am a seminarian, studying to be a Catholic priest, and I stumbled upon this article which I enjoyed very much. Lent is much like Advent in that it is a season meant to prepare the faithful for a coming event: Easter rather than Christmas in this case. It could be said many ways, but it is simply a breaking of the regular routine to spend some time reflecting on Christ’s coming sacrifice knowing too that the Resurrection follows. The emphasis is always on Christ and maintaining a right relationship with Him; Lent is simply a season where we are called to focus on this in a special way through fasting and abstinence.

  6. I’m a practicing Anglican/Episcopalian and this is an awesome post. You hit what is important about Lent. It’s all about spiritual renewal and growth. Thank you again for this post.

  7. MollyG says:

    As a Lutheran in a southern state, I’ve noticed the difference in March as opposed to the areas of the country where the Catholics and Lutherans are densly populated. This is a great explaination, as most of my friends here are confused by my comments about “fat” Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and lenten fasts. While I’m not a pastor, seminarian, or minister, Holy Week is one of my favorite times of the Christian year. Worship and/or meetings each day from Palm Sunday to the washing of feet, the last supper, a Sader Dinner to connect with Jesus and the traditional Jewish practices, the predestined betrayel of Judas, to the crucifixion and stripping the alter bare. So many instances and opportunities to bring the stark differences of emotions between life before and during the Crucifixion and Resurection of our Lord and what really makes Him our Savior. May each of you draw nearer to God this Lenton Season.

  8. Liz says:

    I was delighted to read your story. As a practicing Catholic all my life, only as an adult having to defend to others why I practice Lent, even sometimes to fellow (lukewarm) Catholics, it is refreshing to see other Christians begin to understand and respect each others beliefs, and even see how they can learn from each other.

  9. Kate Davis says:

    I too have “fasted ” from things during lent but tend to instead “take on” things. Sometimes instead of giving up vices or unhealthy things, I take on others…..drinking water instead of soda, walking as exercise, or writing a note to someone in my life I would like to thank or encourage. As a result, I am often then further encouraged to continue after Easter. I find this reflection is helpful during Lent and causes me to remember the sufferings and service of Christ.

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