The word Lent comes from the ancient word Lencten, meaning springtime. If we live Lent well we have a true springtime, with new growth in our spiritual life. In this meditation we consider how:
- In Lent we accompany Jesus in his forty days of prayer and fasting in the desert.
- We respond to his invitation, if we want to be his disciples, to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow him.
- We can choose something from each of the three traditional areas of prayer, fasting and charity.
- If we live Lent with generosity, we will be much closer to God on Easter Sunday than we were on Ash Wednesday.