Lent is a liturgical season preceding Holy Week and Easter. The Catholic Church designates these forty days as a time of preparation for the greatest of liturgical solemnities, Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, and His victory over evil, sin, and death.
Lenten preparation should consist of fasting, almsgiving, and prayer in repentance of sins and for deeper conversion of the soul. Through these practices, we may arrive at Holy Week spiritually prepared to walk with Jesus through his suffering and death. The Church encourages the faithful to fast not only from food and drink but also from pride, injustice, and insensitivity to the miseries of others. Almsgiving should not merely consist of sharing material wealth but should also constitute an attitude of charity toward others. Finally, only through an openness to God in prayer can we experience true conversion as God makes our hearts more understanding and full of charity, as charity is the cornerstone of all Lenten resolutions.