Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving:
The Pillars of Lent
The solemn season of Lent is marked by three pillars of spiritual practice — prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lent recalls the forty days Jesus spent in the desert, battling temptation. We, too, walk through the desert this season as we struggle with our own temptations to sin. We pray more in Lent as to strengthen our relationship with God and ask forgiveness for our shortcomings. We fast as a reminder of how hungry we are for God’s everlasting love. We give alms to people in need to follow Christ’s command to “feed the hungry and clothe the naked.” As we journey through the season with our parish community, we ask God’s blessing upon our Lenten practices that they may always bring us closer to Him.