Why 40 days?
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which is actually 46 days before Easter. The 6 sudays in Lent are not technically part of Lent. So we are left with forty days. The number "40" is common in Scripture, often referring to a time of penance, difficulty, and/ or prayer. Most significantly, we are reminded of the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert, praying and overcoming temptation