Ash Wednesday is approaching: Explore the meaning of Lent’s Length
Marcellino D’Ambrosio of Catholic News Service, provides a thoughtful explanation of the history behind this special season before Easter, also known as the “Season of the 40 Days”.
Think back to the Old Testament: Noah and company were in the ark for 40 days. Moses was up on Sinai for 40 days while he received the Ten Commandments. The Israelites wandered around the desert for 40 years.
“All these 40s are a necessary and not-so comfortable prelude for something new.”
What about our 40 days? They give us time to use the tactics modeled by our captain: prayer, fasting, humble service fueled by the heavenly bread of the Eucharist and Scripture.
If we make use of them diligently during this season, pregnant with possibilities, we can enter into greater freedom. Darkness can give way to increasing light. Something new and wonderful can be born.
- Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Catholic News Service (February 23 - March 8, 2014)
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