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Q: Why is giving up something for Lent such a salutary custom?
A: By denying ourselves something we enjoy, we discipline our wills so that we are not slaves to our pleasures. Just as indulging the pleasure of eating leads to physical flabbiness and, if this is great enough, an inability to perform in physically demanding situations, indulging in pleasure in general leads to spiritual flabbiness and, if this is great enough, an inability to perform in spiritually demanding situations, when the demands of morality require us to sacrifice something pleasurable (such as sex before marriage or not within the confines of marriage) or endure hardship (such as being scorned or persecuted for the faith). By disciplining the will to refuse pleasures when they are not sinful, a habit is developed which allows the will to refuse pleasures when they are sinful. There are few better ways to keep one's priorities straight than by periodically denying ourselves things of lesser priority to show us that they are not necessary and focus our attention on what is necessary.
Lighting the Lent Candles 3rd Sunday.
As we continue our journey through Lent we also continue to build our Rainbow. God’s covenant goes with us. We light the red candle symbolizing God’s Unconditional Love, the orange candle symbolizing God’s Transformative Love and today the Yellow Candle, symbolizing God’s Faithful Love. The gift of the Law as given to Moses and handed down to us brings light to nourish and guide our growth.