Today we begin our lenten journey. I attended mass at NTU, and I was quite surprised to see the lecture room was so packed ( I really pray that I can see this scene more often). I have decided to experience a better Lent this year. To be honest I did not experience Lent properly previously.

I tried to do better this year by searching few articles regarding lent. I have few questions such as What is lent. What is the origin and the history of Lent. What is the Church teaching about Lent.

I found three good articles from EWTN, New advent catholic encyclopedia , and catholic education resources centre.

My favorite article is the last one, by Father William P. Saunders with the way he answer my question ” What is Lent?”

Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter.

The word Lent itself is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words lencten, meaning “Spring,” and lenctentid, which literally means not only “Springtide” but also was the word for “March,” the month in which the majority of Lent falls.

Regarding the history, Lent was evidence in the early christian community and it was made official in the Council of Trent. If you read further on you will find out more about lent such as how it was practiced and how the practice of fasting also developed.

This reading is quite good to satisfy my curiosity and become a basic knowledge for me to prepare my self this Lenten period. As for the practical input, I am planning to do as what Jesus told us in today’s Gospel.

There are three element which I guess most of us know: almsgiving, prayer and fasting. I also observed something else in this passage, Jesus told us to do the three of them in secret. For me it is interesting, as we only have secret with someone special, someone whom we trust, someone who is close or dear to us. We won’t tell our secret to anybody random. This verse speak to me to have a special relationship with God, to tell my secret to Him, to do something that only Him will understand.

If i could have a wish or goal to achieve during this Lenten which is concluded during Easter, I pray for a renewed relationship with God. I hope today is the beginning.