Richard Chartres has written that “Lent is the springtime of the Church year, a period of preparation for Easter. God’s gift to us in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the sending of the Spirit is life in all its fullness, but we know that there remains an undertow in daily life which carries us away into negativity and forgetfulness. Our lives become old again. We need an annual review.” Another writer refers to Lent as a time for spring cleaning. It is a time to sweep away the cobwebs and remove the clutter that we have accumulated in life.