The seed of fasting is that dying to self that we plant at the beginning of Lent. We nurture the growth of our life in Christ with prayer that we actively pursue throughout the forty days. And we bring forth a spiritual harvest throught the almsgiving that characterizes our love of neighbor. Like the farmers who year after year till the soil, plant the seed, and reap the harvest, Lent is our growing season. We will be ready to reap an abundant harvest on Easter.