Lent is a time of preparation. It begins on Ash Wednesday when we are reminded that we started as dust and to dust we shall return. It is the time when the Christian Church recalls the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert, his Passion and death – and ultimately his Resurrection on Easter Sunday! It is the reason and the culmination of our Faith – and our hope for the future. As a time of preparation and self-sacrifice, Lent is often associated with fasting and giving things up that we enjoy. In particular, if we give up things like sweets and alcohol – that are not particularly good for us – it can be a time of cleansing … body and spirit – so that’s good.