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The Goals of Lent

Many Catholics have observed the practice of Lent without asking themselves: What is the purpose of this season in the liturgical year? In this episode, we briefly outline some of the major goals the Church has outlined with respect to the practice of Lent.

A Spiritual Journey

The purpose of Lent is to remind Catholics that our spiritual life is a journey toward an eternity of fellowship with God. With all the busyness of life, it is easy for Catholics to forget this most fundamental of truths.

Aware of this challenge, the church encourages its members to continually remember their final destination. An entire season in the liturgical year commonly referred to as Lent is meant to deal with this persistent challenge.

The Destination of the Christian Life

The season of Lent is designed to help Catholics recall not only their final destination with God in eternal life but also their mortality. Preparing the members of the Church to have a good death is one of the major goals of the season of Lent.

Rather than allowing death to take Catholics by surprise, the Church builds in this annual reminder about the final destination of our journey which passes through the transitory passage of death. An entire season is occupied with recalling the solemn reminder: “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.”

The season of Lent occupies such a central place in the liturgical year because the Church wishes to prepare its members for an eternity with God. Their journey back to God is a perilous one. Because of this reality, an entire season of the liturgical year has been designed in order to assist Catholics with their journey.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

During this season of the liturgical year, the Church encourages its members to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Church encourages its members to practice works of mercy and acts of mortification in order to strengthen their spiritual lives.

Join us this week as we discuss Lent and its important place in the liturgical year. To comment on this show or to provide feedback, please navigate below to the comments section.

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