Lent as Preparation for Heaven with Fr. Rob

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In this episode of the Catholic Link podcast, Fr. Rob and Fr. George Elliot discuss a brief history of Lent. So, how we should not only think of Lent as a time for penance. But also think of Lent as a preparation in the Heavenly mysteries. Originally the 40 day fast of Lent was for the Catechumens, those coming into the Church at Easter. But, the Church saw a need for all the faithful to engage in a time of renewal of one’s relationship with Christ. The time of Lent is a time to reframe our thoughts, habits, and prayer life to God and prepare for the Easter Vigil. We view Lent as training in the world of Heaven. We give up the things that inhibit our relationship with God. Prayer and almsgiving replace what we fast from.

Listen to the previous episode where Fr. Rob and Fr. George Elliot discussed why we are encouraged to perform acts of penance as a means of repairing the broken relationship with God and reforming our souls to the original state after we’ve received baptism. Fr. Rob compares the need for penance to a broken window. God can be the homeowner whose window broke and we are the ones who broke that window. Penance is a means of repairing that window so that the storms in our lives do not flood the inside of the home.

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