LENT

The life of a monastic ought to be a continuous Lent. Rule of Benedict 49:1

The integrity of who we proclaim to be ought to have a Lenten quality.

Lent, according to the popular view, is a portion of the year given over to fasting, abstinence and ascesis (practices) of self-discipline which emphasize "giving up."

For Benedict Lent has a wider and deeper meaning. He is speaking of a Lent of the spirit. Each person's life is to be spent seeking a meaningful union with God. As the union intensifies it manifests itself in acts of charity. According to Benedict, viewing Lent in this way means EVERY DAY ought to have a Lenten quality. The implication is that what happens in Lent also applies in principle throughout the year.