“In its simplest terms, Lent is the season when we refocus ourselves on the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many saints have described it as an apprenticeship to Jesus in the desert. We go with the Lord into the wilderness, and we watch him at close quarters, imitating him, seeing what he saw, enduring what he endured.
“Holy people in the biblical tradition–Moses, Elijah, John the Baptist, even Jesus himself–spent time in the harshness of the desert before they embarked upon their missions. The desert is a place of clarification. Stripped down, undistracted, simplified, we are able to align ourselves to God.”