LENT is the period of penitential preparation for Easter.
It begins six-and-a-half weeks before Easter on Ash Wednesday.
This allows time for a 40 day fast (Sundays are excluded). It is in imitation of Jesus Christ’s fasting when he was in the wilderness.
The practice of Lent was not formalised until the First Council of Nicaea in 325AD, although a period of fasting had probably been observed since earliest Christian times.
In the Western church only Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are now kept as Lenten fast days. However, the emphasis on penitential practice and alms giving remains, and many Catholics also observe a meatless fast on Fridays during Lent.
Many people also give up alcohol or chocolate or another ‘treat’ for Lent. But in keeping with the principle of alms giving we think it is a good idea to give one item from your home to charity each day through Lent.
In case you are missing inspiration, here are some charities to choose from in Spain:
Fundacion Allen Graham Charity 4 Kidz
Dedicated to helping disadvantaged children and young adults in Mallorca to ensure they have a secure future.
Ctra. Andratx, 12, 07181 Portals Nous, Illes Balears
Calanova Cancer Care Charity Shop
Avinguda de Joan Miró, 358, 07015 Palma, Illes Balears
All proceeds go to associations involved in the fight against cancer.
COSTA DEL SOL
Cudeca cancer charity
Palente con Sarah
Lux Mundi (homeless shelter in Fuengirola)
Foundation for Abandoned and Mistreated Animals (FAMA)
An Almeria based support group for cancer sufferers
634 328 334
PAWS-PATAS (Animal shelter)
Albox Animal Protection Society (APSA)
677 601 588
Age Support Almanzora
634 316 573 – Facebook: ASA Albox
Vera & District Lions
Humanitarian support organisation
950 439 324/950 069 249
Edif. Jamaica, c/ Infante, 21, Bajo, 29740 Torre del Mar, Malaga, Málaga
Avenida El Faro 10, Torrox Costa, 29793, (opposite Russell’s English Shop)
Action for Animals Charity Shop
Avenida de la Constitucion 59, Competa 29754 (Malaga)
COSTA BLANCA SOUTH
Help Vega Baja
Calle Lope de Vega 46, 03193, San Miguel de Salinas, Alicante
Tel: 966 723 733 Email: email@example.com
Reach Out Torrevieja
Calle Bella Antonia 1, 03183, Torrevieja, Alicante
Tel: 965 713 063 Email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Age Concern Costa Blanca Sur
Tel/Fax: (34) 966 786 887E-mail: email@example.com