Lenten meaning

Posted Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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I was very disappointed and offended by Monday's article, "How to make it through Lent." Lent is not secular, nor should it be treated as such. Choices to sacrifice during these 40 days give us an opportunity as a church to unite ourselves to the mystery of Jesus in the desert and to relive the great events in salvation history.

The hope is that those sacrifices made during Lent will become a permanent part of our lives. Many "authorities" tell us that new habits can be dropped and formed in 30 days.

The catechism of the Catholic Church tells us, "These times are particularly appropriate for spiritual exercise, penitential liturgies, pilgrimages as signs of penance, voluntary self-denial such as asking and alms giving and fraternal sharing (charitable and missionary works)."

Lent is not something to be "gotten through." It should be life-changing.

-- Wanda Styrsky, Fort Worth

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