This upcoming Wednesday, the Lenten season officially begins, and it'll last for 40 days until Easter Sunday on April 21. For many Christians, Lent is a time to focus on faith by giving up something that's usually considered a pleasure or distraction. But the Lenten season is about more than just making sacrifices or abstaining from certain foods, it's also a powerful period of reflection.
Simply put, "Lent is a time of quiet to hear the call of God to serve," Jesuit priest James Martin, SJ, told Catholic Relief Services. Technically, there are three main tenets of Lent: prayer, fasting, and alms-giving. While everyone observes Lent differently, many people tend to stick to the "fasting" portion of the season — but there are plenty of other things people can do to or add to their lives, that allow you to develop a closer personal connection to God.