All are waiting for the favorable moment. Jesus will soon be with them, and will say to each of them: 'Wilt thou be made whole?' Let them answer this question with love and confidence, and they will be healed.
Moses and Elias fast for forty days and forty nights, because God bids them come near to him. We cannot, therefore, be surprised that the Church – in order to fit us for this favor, at the Easter Solemnity – bids us go through a preparation of forty days.
Observing Lent with rigor does not entail treating it as a sort of homogenous Passiontide. Lent has an atmosphere and spirit which is distinct to that of Passiontide; and the Sundays of Lent have their own spirit again. Neglecting this distinct spirit of Lent might even obscure the spirit of Passiontide for us.
Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Panama Father Carlos Mejía has urged priests and faithful to 'redouble' their prayer efforts, especially for those 'submerged in this type of syncretistic practice.'