Every year on the first Sunday of Lent, the Gospel reading is about Jesus' going off to the wilderness, or desert, for forty days. On Ash Wednesday, we begin our own forty days in the desert. This penitential season of Lent is an intense time of spiritual renewal. The Church especially invites us to pray, fast and give alms as means of expressing our utter dependence on God who through the waters of Baptism shares His very life with us.
Lent begins soon. Ash Wednesday is March 5th.