By Maria Covarrubias
Lent is a liturgical season beginning on Ash Wednesday that lasts 40 days. This is a special time of preparation for Easter. During Lent the Word of God and the external symbols like ashes and the color purple tell us that we are on a journey that should cause us to take a deep look at our lives and find those areas in need of conversion. Lent invites us to pray, fast and give alms with the purpose of increasing our fidelity to God and those around us, increasing our willingness to renounce what we do not need, and bringing us into generous solidarity with the poor and those in need.