And so Lent begins; the season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Why these? Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are what seperates the Christians from the people of the world. Worldly people who do not recognise their sinfulness before God, see no need for these three penetential symbols in their lives. Also, the practice of them builds up our Christian strength and places us firmly on the side of God in the eyes of the world. There is not a lot to say about them, they are self explanetary; but there is a lot to do in relation to them. The doing is not so easy. Have a good Lent!