“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a steadfast spirit…” 
In his words for Ash Wednesday, Pope Benedict invites us to view Lent as an opportunity to renew our hearts – to set aside the old man (woman) burdened by sin in order to discover anew the new man (woman) who is grounded in the salvific event of Easter.  Lent, therefore is not a time of burden and hardship but rather renewal and an invitation to deepen ourselves in the new life that is received through Christ!
These are good words to reflect upon as we begin this time of Lent.