Lent is a season in the Church that lasts for forty days, beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding on Holy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter Sunday). During this time, we are called to engage in acts of penance, fasting, and almsgiving as a way of preparing for the celebration of Easter.
The purpose of Lent is to provide an opportunity for us to deepen our spiritual lives and grow closer to God. By abstaining from certain luxuries, making sacrifices, and giving to those in need, we are called to imitate the example of Jesus, who fasted for forty days in the wilderness before beginning His public ministry.
In addition to fasting, we are also encouraged to attend Mass, receive the sacrament of Confession, and participate in other spiritual activities such as prayer, reading the Bible, and serving others.
Lent is seen as a time of spiritual renewal, and a reminder of the need to live a life of faith, righteousness and devotion to God. By participating in the spiritual practices of Lent, we are called to grow in our relationship with God and to become more like Christ in our thoughts, words, and deeds.