We are given the Season of Lent to prepare us for Easter. Traditionally characterized by prayer, repentance, reflection and fasting, Lent offers an opportunity to notice habits that prevent us from living freely and gratefully. When we choose to fast we allow ourselves to feel our need and let the emptiness point us toward God who is the only one who can satisfy our deepest hungers. In our culture of plenty, it can be difficult to choose to fast. When we can so easily satisfy our hunger with a rich plentitude of savory flavors why would we abstain? But without allowing ourselves to feel hunger, physical and spiritual, it is difficult to fully embrace the fullness that is offered at Easter. According to Ronald Rolheiser, “Lent cleanses the palate so that we can taste life more fully. “ This retreat offers guidance in embracing Lent so that we might prepare our souls for the feast of Easter.