Forty days and forty nights of devotion to the Lord don’t come easy, especially when it involves fasting and abstinence and extra emphasis on one’s spiritual health via prayer and the Sacraments.
The compleat Christian has the following qualities:
1) They see reality as it really is: truth is truth, lies are lies, the press is the press, Toad is Toad, drama and entertainment are just that, hyperbole is just exaggeration and
CP&S is God’s Only Truth etc. (/irony)
2) They treat every other human being that they meet or think about, with as much reverence as though they and their neighbour have Christ at their very heart, which they do, no matter how obscured. Jesus saw every person he met in this way.
3)They rely for 1) and 2) on the solid basis that God wants to be worshipped in Spirit and Truth, and Caritas. He said this in Scripture.
Have a happy AND lugubrious Lent, and God be with you all!
(*Look away now: the answer is “Saints”)
Belay the “lugubrious,” though.
No need for that.
I am delighted that you have mentioned spiritual life. Lent is not about negation its about life the growth of spiritual life. Fallen Adam is denied so that the new Adam Christ grows. Satan is a liar and was murderer from the begining. Satan can give nothing but Death Eternal Death. See the Temptation of Our Lord at this spiritual level. Satan offering what is NOT his to give. Bread? well think of Moses and the Manna from Heaven because Christ is this Bread of Life. Man shall not live by bread alone! But the Eucharist!! Living Bread! Now is the time to deny self and put on Christ. Lent is the Royal road that leads Us through the Holy Way of the Cross to Eternal Life.
Eternal Life of Heaven not the Eternal Death of Satan.