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Lent: Gluttony and Fasting

Once again we have arrived at the season of Lent and the question arises: “What should I do for Lent?” Before answering this, we might ask, “What is the purpose of Lent?” Fr. Baker, in his book Preach the Word, says “The purpose of Lent is conversion of heart--- turning away from inordinate attachment to creatures (created things, food, power, drink, wealth, human passions) and turning to God.” To help us overcome temptations we are advised to fast, devote more time to prayer, receive the sacraments more frequently, and practice acts of self-denial and charity. The common purpose of all of these is mastery of the will, so that the will more closely conforms to the will of God: One’s right re


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