One of the reasons that all Orthodox Christians love Great Lent, is because of the simple beauty of the worship. Often, the services are done in the dark. The choir is singing incredible hymns that are only sung during this period, with some of the most ancient and beautiful melodies that were ever written. You can literally see the incense rising in the candle light, like our prayers that are rising to heaven. All of these things are incredibly moving and peaceful! But while all of these things are helpful and good for our souls…there is still so much more that is needed!
For Human Beings, being filled with desires is how we all live our lives. Where we often run into trouble, is where that desire points to, because we often yearn only for the things that we can see with our eyes! We desire certain foods, more money, more possessions, other human beings (which can be both a good and a bad thing). We tend to want only the things that we can touch, taste, smell, hear, or feel, which makes desiring to be with God often difficult to do.
The image and likeness of God is placed upon every human being from their very beginning, and this is why hearing news (like what happened in New York) strikes a Christian to their core, because to deliberately destroy the image and likeness of unborn children, is to destroy God Himself. This is something that our souls simply cannot understand.