#97: 40 Days – Diving into the Depths of Lent

February 8, 2024


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Episode Summary

Welcome to the Holy Hot Mess podcast, where host Heather takes you on a journey into the heart of Lent, exploring its significance, traditions, and the profound impact it can have on our spiritual lives and why the Lord through the Church requires us to enter into this season.

In this episode, Heather unravels the holy essence of Lent, also known as Quadragesima in Latin, translating to ‘Fortieth.’ It’s a 40-day period of preparation leading up to Easter, excluding Sundays, dedicated to reflecting on the Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection. Heather delves into the biblical significance of the number 40, linking it to testing, trial, penance, purification, and renewal, drawing parallels to Jesus’ 40 days in the desert.

Lent calls believers to embrace three core tenets: prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. Heather emphasizes the importance of understanding these practices, highlighting that fasting is not merely abstaining from a sin but a penitential exercise acknowledging our sins and seeking God’s mercy. She recommends the book “Deliverance Prayers for the Laity” for a thorough examination of conscience.

The episode explores the concept of penance, clarifying that after a valid confession, believers are called to make reparations for the harm their sins caused. During Lent, sacrifices are made not only for personal penance but also for families, the Church, humanity, and the world.

Heather breaks down the requirements of fasting and abstinence, offering insights into who is obligated to participate and what these practices entail. Sundays, being solemnities, are exempt from fasting and abstinence, but Heather shares her family tradition of maintaining a sense of moderation on Sundays.

To round off the episode, Heather provides a diverse list of ideas for things to give up during Lent, ranging from material habits to personal behaviors. She also suggests positive practices to adopt, such as praying the rosary, engaging in daily masses, or embarking on a Lenten bible study or spiritual reading.

Join Heather on this introspective solo episode of the Holy Hot Mess podcast, as she guides you through the why and how of Lent, offering practical insights to enrich your spiritual journey.


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