For many Catholics, Lent has become something of an endurance test, not unlike children competing to hold their breath under water. People seek to deprive themselves in the same way, hoping that they can last all the way to Easter when they can breathe deeply and relax. The problem with this lies in the fact that while we may white knuckle our way to Easter, chances are that we won’t come any closer to Jesus, the Resurrected Lord.

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