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To: LiteKeeper

How unfortunate. Lent is a season of spiritual growth as we accompany our Lord’s into the desert and confront our own temptations with restraint.


5 posted on 02/25/2009 12:01:33 PM PST by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer
How unfortunate. Lent is a season of spiritual growth as we accompany our Lord’s into the desert and confront our own temptations with restraint.

Ah, your response was much more tempered and reasonable than mine (as usual).
7 posted on 02/25/2009 12:04:13 PM PST by Antoninus (License is the ability to do whatever you want. Freedom is the right to do as you ought.)
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The word Lent in English is originally a word for spring--the Dutch word lente means "spring." It's related to words like long and lengthen--it's the time of year when the days are getting longer. (This doesn't work in the Southern hemisphere but the Anglo-Saxons weren't worried about that.)

The Latin term is Quadragesima (40th), which becomes Quaresima in Italian, Cuaresma in Spanish, and careme in French.

14 posted on 02/25/2009 1:55:43 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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