During the remaining time of this holy lenten season and the great Feast of feasts when our Lord sacrifices Himself in His love for us to restore us to that original beauty which was ours, let us grow in love. Lent is not a time of self-torture, of God sadistically looking to see how much more we can endure — No! Lent is a time for us to grow in love, to move closer to our Creator. It is a time for us not only to regain the paradise which we have lost because of our sins, because of our turning away from God, but to ultimately see the gates of heaven itself open toward us.
–The above is an excerpt from an article taken from the Lent/Pascha 2006 issue of ‘The Veil;’ a publication of the Protection of the Holy Virgin Monastery