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刊登日期: 2016.02.20
作者: Sr. Grace Lee  

The calendar in our Catholic Church has two very big and important seasons to help us remember Jesus Christ. Advent prepares us for Christmas and Lent prepares us for Easter. 

What is this Lent ? 

It is 40 days that the Church gives us to remember what Jesus did while he was on earth, more than 2,000 years. Jesus lived 30 years as an ordinary man, then he taught the people about his heavenly Father and the beautiful place that is reserved for us in heaven. He showed his love for the people by healing their many sicknesses and caring for them in their sufferings. At the very end of his life, he willingly suffered and died, to save us from the evil one. But on the third day after his death, Jesus rose from the dead. This is called the Resurrection and it is our Easter. 

How do we spend these 40 days of Lent? 

When I was young, my mother taught us to show our love for Jesus in a special way by being very good at home and in school. We did not fight with one another. We helped each other to do our little work. We shared what we had with the others. Sometimes we gave up eating nice snacks to show that we remember the sufferings of Jesus for us. 

Nowadays we give some money to church groups who help poor people in need. And of course we can pray more, in the morning and at night. 

This year Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10. Let us do all these things to share in the suffering and death of Jesus, so we shall also rise with him at Easter. Jesus will then fill our hearts with great joy and happiness because we are one with him. 

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