Lent and Christ in the Desert — Integrated Catholic Life™

Why does Lent have forty days? What is the meaning of the number forty in the Old and New Testaments, and the meaning of the fasting and temptation of Jesus Christ in the desert?

In the English language, the special season before Easter is called “Lent.”  The word comes from the “lengthening” of daylight hours as we progress from the darkness of winter to the new light of spring.  But other languages, such as Spanish, have a name for this season that is…

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