Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, this year and culminates on April 1, Easter Sunday. In his 2018 message, Pope Francis urged members of the Church to take up the journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. â€œIf, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts, know that this is never the case in the heart of God! He constantly gives us a chance to begin loving anew,â€? the pope said.