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Is Lenten penance something voluntarily sought, or does it mean just accepting difficulties passively?

Question:

I always thought Lent was a time for voluntary penance to prepare us for Easter, but a sister who gave a talk here last year said that was a &quot;negative&quot; approach — that we should emphasize positive acts instead. &quot;Penance&quot; means just accepting the troubles and annoyances that come along.

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