The Lenten Season – which concluded last Sunday as we celebrated Christ’s resurrection from the dead – is usually seen as one of the most sacred times of the year for us Christians. This season is at the core of our dogma and our faith, and epitomizes the beautiful story of Christianity, establishing hope for the eternal joy and peace as opposed to the earthly pain and distress. Because of its literally life-changing nature, we are called to engage in more intense daily exercises during Lent, both physically and spiritually.
Physically, we try to abstain from food for a prolonged amount of time, adopt a vegan diet and limit our tangible pleasures. Spiritually, we immerse ourselves in a mindset through which we simplify our daily lives in order to amplify our spiritual lives (i.e. reducing time spent on Facebook, watching TV and increasing time spent reading the Bible, praying, etc.)
All of these changes in our lives during Lent are centralized around the suffering, sacrifice, and eventual salvation our Lord and God established on the behalf of mankind; so that by participating in our Lord’s suffering and death, we may also partake in our Lord’s salvation and resurrection.