thinking about lent

“Prayer helps us to see as God sees.  Fasting frees us.  We are given more time, more energy, more resources.  ‘All year we tolerate the intolerable:  that there are adults and children without nourishment, sick and elderly people and prisoners without visitors, refugees without homes.  The gospel we believed shapes a church that gives alms of every kind:  bread for the hungry, time for the lonely, energy to change systems that oppress and torture and kill people.  Freed by our fasting and formed by our prayer, we have alms to give during Lent.  Lent is not to make up for our sins but to battle with evil, with sin.  It is not to be gotten over with, but to shape the church into the kingdom of God.  That’s why we do it gladly.'”  (Keeping Lent & Eastertime, a booklet from Liturgy Training Publications)

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