Lent is the focus time for Christians.  Christianity at its core is about empathy and compassion.  Jesus empathized with humankind by becoming human.  He preached and demonstrated empathy and compassion for all.  In an ultimate act of empathy, he suffered and died as a human.  In turn, humans can empathize with that suffering and death.  During Lent Christians are asked to make a choice of how each can exercise empathy for others by experiencing some level of suffering.  By generating empathy for others, there is then a choice.  The rules by which people live their lives, morals and ethics, are the guide.  Empathy leads to compassion leads to action. 

Acting upon compassion means making an effort to alleviate suffering in the world.  That is love. 


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