Using Lent Fruitfully

Lent is like a long ‘retreat’ during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One. It is a period of spiritual ‘combat’which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to
celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism.
Pope Benedict XVI, Lent 2010

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