“…But here in the Lenten desert, we can no longer live as if we are the center of existence. Here, we are freed of the distractions that come with plenty and convenience. Indeed, this is the purpose of the discipline of giving something up for Lent. It is in the felt experience of absence – of loss or denial of satisfaction – that brings us to the present moment and gives us the opportunity to turn our attention away from self and toward God. This self-denial in and of itself is not the good or purpose of Lent, rather it is the instrument of repentance – the signpost pointing us in a different direction to seek our fullness and joy. The good we seek in the season of Lent is a clearer understanding of who we are and who God is…”
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