For my people the rituals of spring begin with Lent. Those forty days are a gift to us as a time to look at our lives and consider what we need to do to renew ourselves made make a new start. Just as nature begins a time of renewal and rebirth so, we can prepare for New Life in the remember an email of the Resurrection of Christ. and so, we pray, for forgiveness, for renewal, for guidance. We make a start at becoming more kind, more generous, more other centered, through alms giving. By fasting we remind our selves that there is more to us than our earthly desires and appetites, but rather that our truest desire and deepest hunger is for God’s love.