As we begin the 3rd week of Lent, our dear Fr. Jonathan Letada, SVD, decided to give a mini-recollection during his masses (Mondays) at the CFC Global Mission Center.
Yesterday, he began by presenting to us the Language of the Lenten Season. Found it nourishing and as my way of helping spread the Good News, I'm sharing below the content of the said topic. Be blessed and be a blessing. :)
We need to look into the various languages and reflect about the names of the Lenten Season.
We need to discover how they reveal their meaning and significance in our Christian life.
- 4th Century Old Name
- Latin word which means time-period of 40 days
- Italian - Quaresma
- Spanish - Cuaresima
- It reflected the church's devotion to Jesus' journey in the desert for forty days.
- It indicates the length of time dedicated to the preparation for the Paschal Mystery.
- German word for Lent which means time of fasting or period of fasting
- Fasting is only an external form of abstaining from food or drink but is an internal process of conversion, that is to be in touch, to reconnect with the fundamental hunger at the core of our being, hunger for God.
- English word derived from old English language lencten which means springtime, birthing of the new bud
Lenten Season is a time of fasting and penance (fastenzeit), which occur in springtime (lent) and last for forty (40) days (quadragesima).
In this season, we are called to journey with Jesus in His 40 days desert experience, our desert experience of prayer, fasting and penance that would lead us to the path of conversion. And the fruit of this journey is the springtime of new being, of new life in Christ.