The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 538-540 , 1095 and 1438 explain Lent, and I encourage you to read. Lent is a time of intense penitential practice. WHY? Because we follow Jesus into the desert where he prayed and fasted for 40 days after he was baptized. We must follow Jesus all the way … Continue reading What Is The Purpose of Lent?