Lent is a time for renewal through prayer, fasting, and works of love.  During this season of Lent, Scripture and the Church encourage us to “give up,” “take up” and “lift up”: to give up material things; to take up charitable habits; and to lift up our brothers and sisters in need through almsgiving and prayer.  We do these things in the hope that we may turn ourselves outwards towards others and God.  In doing so, we prepare our hearts to once again accept God’s love and imitate the self-giving of Christ crucified.

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