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What is the essence of Lent in ten words or less?

I gave my Facebook friends that challenge. They accepted, to my delight. Their answers are inspiring, thought-provoking, meaningful, and even fun. Reading through all of the comments was like a Lenten medication and was the perfect Ash Wednesday prelude. I’ll likely go back to them from time to time in the next 40 days.

I enjoyed them so much that I’d like to share them with you. I encourage you to spend some meditation time pondering them. Add your own in the comments section.

Let’s see how deep, profound, and fruitful we can make this Lent!

Here we go, the essence of Lent in ten words or less:

Dying to self.

Transformed by the wounds of Christ.

Sacrifice brings me to love, love takes me to HIM.

Detachment from the world, submission to the Father through Christ.

We die with Christ and we rise with Christ.

Ashes, abstinence, fasting, alms-giving, repent and believe in the Gospel.

Stop saying Alleluia so you can learn what it means.

A turning back to God and Christ’s passion.

Dying to self during Lent so we can rise with Jesus at Easter!

Time to reassemble what the Lord is asking me to do and the grace to follow.

Sacrifice something you like to show your love for him.

Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

Giving to the Capital of Grace, every minute of the day.

Recommit to Jesus and the greatest story ever told.

Go into the desert with Christ.

A time to choose Christ as No. 1.

Drop a few pounds and maybe a few sins, too.

Giving God my misery and uniting my wounds with his.

Humility in Christ.


The grace of metamorphosis.

For self-gift, not self-improvement.

Tears of joy for all he has done for a sinner such as I.

Sorrow for my sings; reflection, conversion, GRATITUDE!

Surrender to Christ, atone for my sins.

Walk with Our Lady.

Help me to become holy, love, forgiveness.

Repentance, reconciliation, renewal.

G.R.A.C.E. God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense

Peel away the world to be closer t o God.

Help us to become holy.

Renewal of baptismal promises and return to the merciful Father.

Letting go, clean washing of soul, quiet prayer, desert, simplicity.

Quiet, confession, cleansing, simplicity, listening, loving, heartbeat, cross, footsteps, desert.

Come back to the Lord with all your heart!

40 bags in 40 days. Reward with popcorn. Eat fish.


Sheila · March 1, 2017 at 9:45 pm

Nice capture, Marge, of how many feel about their Lenten journey and the beautiful individual course we each take that leads us along the cross with Christ, and ultimately united to Him, and to one another, in the Resurrection!

Arthur Granville · March 2, 2017 at 1:47 am

Getting up on the Cross with Christ.

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