How and Why Lent’s Message is ‘Countercultural’

The Lenten message could not be more countercultural.

In a society that prizes self-indulgence — we can’t have enough money, drugs and sex — it is difficult to understand, much less appreciate, what Lent stands for: penance, forgiveness and self-denial. The latter, in particular, is seen by our elites as repulsive.

If there is one person who hated self-denial — he said so explicitly — it was the man who helped secularize, and sexually engineer, our society. His name was Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy.

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