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The First Sunday of Lent: Hearts, Flowers, Valentines -- and Lent?

What have they got to do with each other? Quite a bit, actually. The heart is the symbol of the life of striving, of feeling and passion, of conviction. Our language reveals the importance of this symbol: We speak of a heart being touched, or a heart being moved; we can have a change of heart, store memories in the heart, communicate heart to heart. Hearts can be given; hearts can be stolen; hearts can be broken. Each of these speaks of an event that can touch our depths, change our hearts and thus, our lives. And what is central in Christianity is a change of heart. However, we have an unfortunate tendency to become hard-hearted, as a result of the times that we have been hurt, when our hea



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