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Mar 9, 2020

The Holy Spirit as the Origin of Lent

Colin MacIver

“What does Lent mean to you?” This question really made me think about the origin of Lent. We know it’s derived from Jesus’ forty days in the desert, but what caused Jesus to go there in the first place? 

Matthew 4:1 says, “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” 

So the origin of Lent, the reason Jesus went into the desert in the first place, is because he was led by the Holy Spirit. 

We too, are prompted by the Holy Spirit to fast, pray, and give alms for these forty days. These practices help us empty ourselves so we may be strengthened by the Holy Spirit as Jesus was. 

Snippet from the Show

“Come Holy Spirit, come and breath into our fasting, prayer, and almsgiving so that what we do this Lenten season would unite us deeply and firmly to Christ.”


Meet Your Host, Colin MacIver

Colin MacIver, host of the Tightrope podcast, with his family

Colin is an enthusiastic transplant to vibrant Louisiana, where he lives with his beautiful wife Aimee and two energetic children, Leo and Zélie. His juggling act involves being a husband, a dad, a teacher, a youth minister, a musician and a national Ascension content creator and trainer.

In his spare time, he eats too many crawfish, savors king cake, plays one-on-one kickball with his son, and tries, for the life of him, to properly load the dishwasher.

Check out Colin’s latest work with Ascension:  Power and Grace: A Guide to the Catholic Sacraments and Quick Catholic Lessons with Fr. Mike.

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