It may sound strange, but I love Lent. First off for the folks here who do not know what I am talking about, Lent is the 40 days prior to Easter, not counting Sundays, in which Christians contemplate what God has done in the world and in their lives. That time designation comes from the 40 days Jesus spent being tempted in the Wilderness in the Gospel accounts. It has historically been observed by taking on additional prayer disciplines, fasting, self-denial of certain pleasures, and other devotional acts. All those things are intended to help the Christian consider more fully the mysteries of the Christian faith. In western Christianity, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and as the mark of the ash is placed on foreheads we hear, "Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return!" It ends of course with the celebration of the Resurrection on Easter morning. I hope you find this time meaningful and blessed.