Lent is a season of the year observed by Christians worldwide. It is the forty days before Easter, which is usually calculated as 46 days before Easter. During these days, Christians generally give up something they enjoy in order to focus more on spiritual reflection and growth just like Ramadan Fasting.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the holy and religious practice known as Lent, which lasts for about six weeks and concludes just before “Easter Sunday.” It is observed between the dates of February 17th and March 29th, according to the “Christian Liturgical Calendar.”
It is primarily honored for the purpose of preparing followers for the celebration of “Easter” via acts of devotion, expiation, submitting the body, lamenting transgressions, compassion, philanthropy, generosity, and selflessness. This holy day is celebrated in the United Kingdom and other nations that are mostly Catholic.
Benefits of Lent Fasting
Fasting is abstaining from food or drink. Lent is an annual observance in the Christian liturgical calendar.
The benefits of Lent Fasting can include:
- Reducing our intake of processed food, sugar, and other harmful substances
- Boosting our immune system
- Giving up things that we don’t need in order to help others
- Setting a good example for others by following the rules we want them to follow.
Blessed Lent Wishes
-On this holy and joyful day, let us pray to God to grant all of our righteous desires, and let us also make a vow in front of Him that we will do all in our power to make it come true, and let us also ask him to place his benevolent hand permanently over our heads.
This is the most fortunate moment for us to spend all of our attention worshiping our Lord, making use of our valuable time in conducting an in-depth evaluation of ourselves, eradicating the evils that are inside us, and making an effort to reform and mold our character.
Let us make an effort to be unselfish today, on this beautiful day of Lent, for the sake of the person that we have the potential to become. Let us repair our thoughts and hearts with magnanimity, generosity, and benevolence, and let us leave our sins behind for all eternity.
-May the day that marks the beginning of this sacred festival, known as “Ash Wednesday,” come into our lives each year with the same amount of joy and energy, and may we celebrate it each year with the same amount of fervor and devotion as we did the year before.
-On this day, the All-Mighty underlined the fact that in order to become one of his disciples, a person has to be selfless and sacrifice, needs to implore the Holy Cross every day, and needs to follow the footprints that were imprinted by the Lord Himself.
-The season of Lent is one of good fortune for us since it is at this time that we are able to make a direct connection of our soul with Lord Jesus, and the bonding with him is apparent throughout the seasons of suffering.
On this joyful and happy day, I hope that you will always be able to take pleasure in and savor His triumph and that you will ask God to remain by your side constantly. I hope everyone has a joyful and unique Lenten season.
-May you experience the utmost enjoyment, and may luck and success follows you throughout your life on this auspicious day. I pray that this year’s Lenten season is wonderful for all of us.
Let us never forget that the sole reason Jesus went to the Holy Cross was that God the Father is a devout and religious person and because sinners need to be punished for their actions. Today, let us make reciting the name of God and put an emphasis on ridding the world of evil.
If despite your sincere efforts, you are not succeeding in accomplishing whatever it is that you seek, then there must be something lacking in your devotion to the Supreme Being. In order for us to receive what we desire, we need to have faith in God and to pray to him with all of our hearts.
During this day of happiness, let us not forget that the only one who stood by our side through all of our trials and tribulations was the Most High. Because of this, while we are happy and comfortable with our life, we should also yearn for their presence in those moments.
During this joyous season of Lent, may the Highest bestow all of his love and blessings onto us and those to whom we are closest. I pray that this Lenten season brings you all much joy.
-Today, pray to The Almighty with sincere and genuine devotions, not only because you have to meet your need, but also to thank Lord for giving you all you have and happy life. Pray to The Almighty with true and genuine devotions.
-During this season of Lent, you should make every effort to enroll yourself as one of the most genuine and devoted disciples of the Almighty by giving up all of your time, desire, and ambition, as well as devoting your whole soul and mind to supplicating to Him.
On this beautiful day, let us make a pact with ourselves to reject and repudiate the road of evil and wrongdoings for all eternity. Instead, let us make a determined effort to dedicate our life for the benefit of those who are less fortunate and in need.
-Lent is a magnificent occasion and a fantastic chance to develop towards disclosure and revelation and to decide for the road of righteousness and piety. This opportunity presents itself every year during the season of Lent.
– Give up and let go of yourself in order to become a follower of Christ; regulate and train your body; don’t let yourself get spoiled or overindulged; and develop a taste for fasting for the sake of the Almighty during this season of Lent.
-During this blessed and wonderful season of Lent, let us seek with all of our might for different concrete methods to get out of our mediocrity and put some practical measures into place to change our souls in pursuit of grandeur and humanity. –
– May you have a happy and fruitful Lenten season. You should feel shame for all the errors and wrongdoings you’ve committed in the past, make a sincere effort to make amends for those transgressions, and strive to live a life that is kind, decent, and honorable.
Come together with everyone during this season of Lent for the sake of the love that we all have in our hearts for our Lord Jesus Christ, and let us worship him together while putting aside all of our other obsessions and habits. I hope you all have a beautiful and fruitful Lenten season.
– I pray that this Lenten season brings you and all of your loved ones the greatest amount of joy and good fortune possible. During this time of fasting and penitence, may God show you and your loved ones an increased measure of his kindness, tenderness, and mercy.
-The season of Lent is drawing near, which is both fortunate and fortunate for us, as it will invigorate us and awaken us from our lethargy of rest. On this momentous and fortuitous day, let us use this opportunity to refresh and reinvigorate our hearts and spirits.
-During these days, let us totally commit our lives and hearts to God so that via the simple prayers we recite, we may get near to Him and establish a connection with the essence of his being. Happy Lent, everyone.
-Let us make a monumental effort to be ready for the holy “Easter” holiday so that we may bring more and more people into the fold via our meaningful worship and important acts of religious observance. I hope that everyone of you has a blessed Lenten season.
-Whenever our hearts are agitated or calmed, let us invoke the Almighty with all of our might, let us have faith in God in every adverse situation, let us just pray to him on this glorious day to keep us away from all evils. -Whenever our hearts are agitated or calmed, let us invoke the Almighty with all of our might.
Pope Francis Lent Quotes
“Lent is a path: it leads to the triumph of mercy over all that would crush us or reduce us to something unworthy of our dignity as God’s children. Lent is the road leading from slavery to freedom, from suffering to joy, from death to life. The mark of the ashes with which we set out reminds us of our origin: we were taken from the earth, we are made of dust. True, yet we are dust in the loving hands of God, who has breathed his spirit of life upon each one of us, and still wants to do so.”
“Lent is the time of grace that liberates the heart from vanity. It is a time of healing from addictions that seduce us. It is a time to fix our gaze on what abides.”
“Lent is a good time to recover the joy and hope that make us feel like beloved sons and daughters of the Father. The Father who waits for us in order to cast off our garments of exhaustion, of apathy, of mistrust, and so clothe us with the dignity which only a true father or mother knows how to give their children, with the garments born of tenderness and love.”
“Because in life’s journey, as in every journey, what really matters is not to lose sight of the goal. If what interests us as we travel, however, is looking at the scenery or stopping to eat, we will not get far. We should ask ourselves: On the journey of life, do I seek the way forward? Or am I satisfied with living in the moment and thinking only of feeling good, solving some problems and having fun? What is the path? Is it the search for health, which many today say comes first but which eventually passes? Could it be possessions and wellbeing? But we are not in the world for this. Return to me, says the Lord. To me. The Lord is the goal of our journey in this world. The direction must lead to him.”
“In our Lenten journey towards Easter, let us remember the One who “humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). During this season of conversion, let us renew our faith, draw from the “living water” of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God, who makes us brothers and sisters in Christ.”
“Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19).”
“All creation is called, with us, to go forth “from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom 8:21). Lent is a sacramental sign of this conversion. It invites Christians to embody the paschal mystery more deeply and concretely in their personal, family, and social lives, above all by fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. No to the spiritual asphyxia born of the pollution caused by indifference, by thinking that other people’s lives are not my concern, and by every attempt to trivialize life, especially the lives of those whose flesh is burdened by so much superficiality. Lent means saying no to the toxic pollution of empty and meaningless words, harsh and hasty criticism, of simplistic analyses that fail to grasp the complexity of problems, especially the problems of those who suffer the most. Lent is the time to say no to the asphyxia of a prayer that soothes our conscience, of an almsgiving that leaves us self-satisfied, of a fasting that makes us feel good. Lent is the time to say no to the asphyxia born of relationships that exclude, that try to find God while avoiding the wounds of Christ present in the wounds of his brothers and sisters: in a word, all those forms of spirituality that reduce the faith to ghetto culture, a culture of exclusion.”
“During these 40 days, let me put away all my pride. Let me change my heart and give up all that is not good within me. Let me love God with all that I am and all that I have.” – Genesis Grain
“We want the experience of God’s presence. That is the miracle we are really after and the miracle we really get” -Fredrick Buechner
“All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.” -Ecclesiastes 3:20
“Lent is for rediscovering that we are created for the inextinguishable flame, not for ashes that immediately disappear; for God, not for the world; for the eternity of heaven, not for earthly deceit; for the freedom of the children of God, not for slavery to things. We should ask ourselves today: Where do I stand? Do I live for fire or for ash?”
“Fasting makes sense if it questions our security, and if it also leads to some benefit for others, if it helps us to cultivate the style of the Good Samaritan, who bends down to his brother in need and takes care of him. Fasting involves choosing a sober lifestyle; a way of life that does not waste, a way of life that does not “throw-away”. Fasting helps us to attune our hearts to the essential and to sharing.”
“What we see in Christ is sacrificial love. Merciful love. Love that values the well-being of others above itself. Love that will generously and fully pour itself out, whatever the cost, in order that the beloved might benefit, flourish, and thrive.” — Krish Kandiah
“May God empower your inner strength through the power of the Holy Spirit.” — Lailah Gifty Akita
“God did not give the Bible so we could master him or it; God gave the Bible so we could live it, so we could be mastered by it. The moment we think we’ve mastered it, we have failed to be readers of the Bible.” — Scot McKnight
“Our sacrifices in this season are so minuscule as to be laughable, except that our Father seems only too willing to use our tiny offerings as portals for his grace. Every hunger pang or caffeine craving becomes a holy prompt—pray, trust, surrender. The whole season becomes a bit delicious with anticipation: Easter is coming!” — Carolyn Arends
“When people give up chocolate or meat or alcohol or coffee, it is not because we Christians think that if we enjoy something, it must be bad. Coffee, meat, alcohol and especially chocolate are very good things that show God’s goodness, creativity, and provision. Of course, Christians ought to be interested and working toward breaking habits of sin — gossip, lust, judgment, anger, pride, and so on — but this is called repentance, which is certainly not limited to Lent. I’m not giving up Facebook in the same way that I’m repenting of (and trying to give up) anxiety or impatience with my toddler.” — Tish Harrison Warren
“Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.” — Pope Francis
“The self-denial involved in the period of Lent isn’t about just giving up chocolates or beer; it’s about trying to give up a certain set of pictures of God which are burned into our own selfish wants.” — Rowan Williams
“It is what we do routinely, not what we do rarely, that delineates the character of a person.” — Joan D. Chittister
“Lent is a time for discipline, for confession, for honesty, not because God is mean or fault-finding or finger-pointing but because he wants us to know the joy of being cleaned out, ready for all the good things he now has in store. — N.T. Wright
“Because Nature, and especially human nature, is fallen it must be corrected and the evil within it must be mortified.” — C.S. Lewis
“Lent comes providentially to awaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.” — Pope Francis
“O Lord, make this Lenten season different from the other ones. Let me find you again. Amen.” — Henri Nouwen
“What if we view this desert time of Lent as not just a time to reflect or to lament or to confess or to fast, but a time where we learn to be free?” — Megan Westra
“Give something, however small, to the one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could.” — St. Gregory Nazianzen
“Does a life of spiritual discipline, Scripture, and truth-telling open our eyes to see the ways that we are always, on this side of eternity, restless for the true intimacy and union that await us?” — Charlotte Donlon
“The kingdom of God ought to reshape our vision of what matters.” — Russell D. Moore
“In the here and now, may we embrace the power of his resurrection to live a godly life.” — Joni Eareckson Tada
“Fasting is more about replacing than it is about abstaining — replacing normal activities with focused times of prayer and feeding on the Word of God.” — Gary Rohrmayer
“Although Lent is often the excuse people use to test drive a new diet or make good on their New Year’s resolution, that is not its purpose. Lent is a time when we prepare for Holy Week by meditating on our fragility before God and our desperate need for a Savior. It is a time when we remember why Jesus had to die. During Lent, we surrender an idol that has assumed improper centrality in our lives, and then we watch as our souls shrink and groan when that idol is taken away. We understand with new clarity that our hearts are indeed ‘idol factories,’ and that we would be hopelessly self-destructive and broken had Christ not intervened.” — Sharon Hodde Miller
“Fasting is more about longing for the power and presence of Jesus than restricting our appetites.” — Gary Rohrmayer
“Exchange what can never satisfy you for the only thing that can.” — Wendy Speake
“Action without prayer thins out into something very exterior. A prayerless life can result in effective action and accomplish magnificent things, but if there is no developed interiority, the action never enters into the depth and intimacy of relationships.” — Eugene H. Peterson
“The lent period of fasting should be passionately pursued.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
“I think that that’s really important to have those seasons where you do do some really serious soul searching and deep introspection and really carry the weightiness of that.” — Megan Westra
“The command to love and serve—not merely tolerate—each other requires more commitment and sacrifice than we care to give, and so we do the polite minimum from afar. The seasons of Lent and Easter bring thoughts of surrender and sacrifice.” — Nana Dolce
“There are three elements that are almost always part of Lent: prayer, giving something up, and giving something back.” — Elizabeth Hyndman
“In order to know the Good News about Jesus holistically, beyond something that we work out in our brains like a word problem, we try to enter into this story with our bodies.” — Tish Harrison Warren
“What is more important than the practices we take on is the heart attitude behind them. If there’s anything we should give up this time of year, it’s our sense of superiority either to those outside the church or those inside the church who do things differently than we do. The cross levels us all. And that’s true whether or not you practice Lent.” — Trevin Wax
“When you put down your phone, it’s easier to lift up your eyes.” — Wendy Speake
“We live in a world of evaluations, assessments, and measurements, but Jesus turns his gaze deeper because he knows that what is measurable can be faked.” — Scot McKnight
“For many grow languid in praying; and in the freshness of their conversion they pray fervently, afterwards languidly, afterwards coldly, afterwards negligently; they become, as it were, careless. The enemy is awake; you are sleeping. Our Lord Himself, in the Gospel, gave us the precept, ‘that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.’” — St. Augustine
“No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.” — John Chrysostom
“…the liturgical traditions of the Church, all its cycles and services, exist, first of all, in order to help us recover the vision and the taste of that new life which we so easily lose and betray, so that we may repent and return to it. … It is through her liturgical life that the Church reveals to us something of that which “the ear has not heard, the eye has not seen, and what has not yet entered the heart of man, but which God has prepared for those who love Him.” ― Alexander Schmemann
“We must trust in the mighty power of God’s mercy. We are all sinners, but His grace transforms us and makes us new.” — Pope Benedict XVI
“Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself.” — St. Francis de Sales
“Fasting makes sense if it really chips away at our security and, as a consequence, benefits someone else, if it helps us cultivate the style of the good Samaritan, who bent down to his brother in need and took care of him.” — Pope Francis
“One of the chief functions of fasting is to temporarily remove distractions from our lives in order to focus more intentionally on Him. Through fasting, we remove those low maintenance security blankets that have gradually morphed into God-supplanting idols.” — Sharon Hodde Miller
“So often we want Jesus to manage the effects of sin without actually addressing the root issue. But Jesus loves us too much to offer only a superficial solution. He knows the hidden sins of our hearts, and He lovingly insists on dealing with those first.” ― Asheritah Ciuciu
“You could say that prayer without fasting is like boxing with one hand tied behind your back, and that fasting without prayer is, well, dieting.” — Matt Fradd
“It is better not to fast, and be thereby humbled, than to fast and be self-satisfied therewith.” — Blaise Pascal
“And isn’t that what freedom is supposed to be? The ability to not do as I please, but the power to do what is pleasing.” — Jackie Hill Perry
“We are frail, sinful people who need to often reconsider our priorities, motives, and commitments. And fasting, which has both historical and biblical precedent, is a great way to foster reorientation.” — Kevin P. Emmert
“The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night.” — John Piper
“The devil wishes to assure some people that there’s no need for repentance, and others that there’s no hope for mercy. Some people are deceived into thinking they are too good for the gospel while others are accused into thinking they are too bad for the gospel.” — Russell D. Moore
“Peace is an attribute of God, seen in the risen Christ. It is woven into God’s intention for humanity and is therefore possible and powerful—a potent way to live and lead for the good of others.” — Todd Hunter
“Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him.” — Eugene H. Peterson
“If the invitation of Lent is to practice abstaining from something to focus more fully on who God is and how God is at work in the world, then I need to fast from my dependence on criticism.” — Megan Westra
“Some things don’t need to be cut back. They need to be cut off.” — Beth Moore
“How might I better align my daily cadence to God’s? How saturated are my purposes and desires in his? How obedient am I to his calling on my life? Does my fasting matter if I am not living obediently? Does my fasting matter if I live insistent upon satisfying my own cravings?” — Timothy Willard
“Each year, around the latter part of winter, Lent arrives. It nearly always surprises me. Here it is, once again, summoning me to change how I typically live.” — W. David O. Taylor
“In light of your longed-for return, we choose to deny ourselves (fast) certain pleasures for this brief season; but we’re not looking to get one thing from you, Jesus—just more of you.” — Scotty Smith
“Without the breath of God, we are but dust. On the brink of Lent, Ash Wednesday helps us remember the life and death stakes in our own stories.” — Carolyn Arends
“These special holidays give rise to various liturgical calendars that suggest we should mark our days not only with the cycles of the moon and seasons, but also with occasions to tell our children the stories of our faith community’s past so that this past will have a future, and so that our ancient way and its practices will be rediscovered and renewed every year.” ― Brian D. McLaren
“Fasting confirms our utter dependence upon God by finding in Him a source of sustenance beyond food.” — Dallas Willard
“While I am asking God how I should observe an upcoming Lenten season, I may remember where I spiritually was during Lent the previous year and reflect on what has changed and what has stayed the same. I hear and read the familiar stories about Jesus as he approached the cross and am reminded that while my circumstances change, the truths of the gospel remain the same.” — Charlotte Donlon
“I imagine Lent for you and for me as a great departure from the greedy, anxious antineighborliness of our economy, a great departure from our exclusionary politics that fears the other, a great departure from self-indulgent consumerism that devours creation. And then an arrival in a new neighborhood, because it is a gift to be simple, it is a gift to be free; it is a gift to come down where we ought to be.” ― Walter Brueggemann
“Seek a relationship when you pray, not answers. You won’t always find answers, but you will always find Jesus.” — Father Mike Schmitz
“Ash Wednesday is full of joy… The source of all sorrow is the illusion that of ourselves we are anything but dust.” — Father Thomas Merton
“We need to take time to connect with the poor, resist our unceasing cravings, and pray. But we also need to gather with friends and family, share in God’s good provision, eat delicious food, tell stories that encourage us all, and celebrate the risen Lord.” ― Chris Seay
“Light has a way of welcoming in the truth and letting it put its feet up, which in turns means that everything not like it, though it may invite itself over, can’t get comfortable enough to stay.” — Jackie Hill Perry
“At its simplest, Lent is a season where you commit to a deeper holiness and more vibrant discipleship.” — George Sinclair
“Ash Wednesday, with its visible sign of dust and ashes on our foreheads, is a forcible reminder of our own frailty and mortality and sinfulness. We don’t like to remember those parts of ourselves, but on this day, it is literally rubbed onto us.” — Paul J. Willis
“Jesus is not a commitment among other commitments, but rather the commitment of our lives. Therefore, as Augustine points out, we must take care to order our loves properly, ensuring that our affections are set on Christ and not another.” — Chuck Colson
“Fasting from any nourishment, activity, involvement or pursuit—for any season—sets the stage for God to appear. Fasting is not a tool to pry wisdom out of God’s hands or to force needed insight about a decision. Fasting is not a tool for gaining discipline or developing piety (whatever that might be). Instead, fasting is the bulimic act of ridding ourselves of our fullness to attune our senses to the mysteries that swirl in and around us.” — Dan B. Allender
“Every day that we’re not practicing godliness we’re being conformed to the world of ungodliness around us.” — Jerry Bridges
“Perhaps some of us are indeed chasing righteousness, hoping it will bring life. More likely, we’re addicted to something else that promises the same: CrossFit, essential oils, or something garden variety like money, sex, or a particular relationship that’s captured our attention. We 21st-century Westerners love self-improvement, ever seeking the next upgrade for our lives and selves. We believe in it; we deeply believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” — Rachel Gilson
“Like a great waterwheel, the liturgical year goes on relentlessly irrigating our souls, softening the ground of our hearts, nourishing the soil of our lives until the seed of the Word of God itself begins to grow in us, comes to fruit in us, ripens in us the spiritual journey of a lifetime.” — Joan D. Chittister
“You must certainly beware of just revising, not reducing, your pleasures. You can see some people searching out unusual liquors as a substitute for the usual wine. … The result is that the observance of Lent means, not the repression of old lusts, but the occasion for new enjoyments.” — St. Augustine
“Lent affords us the opportunity to search the depths of our sin and experience the heights of God’s love.” — Chuck Colson
“Realising your potentials and spirituality begins with seeing yourself as imperfect with the intent of working towards perfection.” — Victor Vote
“The central focus of fasting remains to draw near to God. It reveals sins from which we must repent. Fasting is an act of worship that changes our spiritual and physical posture toward God.” — Timothy Willard
“You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.” — St. Francis de Sales
“Lent is a time of going very deeply into ourselves…What is it that stands between us and God? Between us and our brothers and sisters? Between us and life, the life of the Spirit? Whatever it is, let us relentlessly tear it out, without a moment’s hesitation.” — Catherine Doherty
“True intimacy with God always brings humility.” — Beth Moore
“Self-denial means knowing only Christ, and no longer oneself. It means seeing only Christ, who goes ahead of us, and no longer the path that is too difficult for us… . Self-denial is saying only: He goes ahead of us; hold fast to him.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer