What does it mean to start Lent

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Pope Benedict XVI – ANGELUS – from 10th February 2008

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

We start Lent by fasting and the imposition of Ashes. But what does it mean “to start Lent”? It means concentrating our energies on fighting the evil in the world, in ourselves and around us. It means meeting evil face to face and be prepared to battle against both its causes and effects and even against its source, Satan himself. It also means not passing the problem of evil onto others, society or God but recognising one’s own responsibilities and facing it consciously.

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