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Lent Begins: Dust you are and to dust you shall return

Lent is a time of reflection, penance, and spiritual preparation that the Church marks to prepare us for the great feast of Easter. It is a time to repent of our sins and to change something about ourselves to be better and to live closer to Christ.

Lent lasts for 40 days; it begins on Ash Wednesday and ends before the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday. Throughout this time, especially in the Sunday liturgy, we make an effort to recover the rhythm and style of true children of God.

The liturgical color of this time is purple, which signifies mourning and penance. During this time, it is also recommended to practice fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.

In our Order of Augustinian Recollects, our Prior General, Fr. Miguel Ángel, visited Colombia as part of his fraternal visits; there he shared the beginning of Lent with the Augustinian College of Palmira. Likewise, our Augustinian Recollect Youth (JAR) have proposed the Lent OAR project, daily short videos shared on social media, in which young JARs from around the world reflect on the Gospel of the day.

Undoubtedly, this Lent we will live it united in one soul and one heart.

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