Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of Lent, the season when Christians are called to renew their spiritual observations of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. This is a time for personal conversion leading up to the celebration of Easter.
It is a time of purification to improve our spiritual life by stripping away all that is unnecessary or unholy.
This Lent we would like to challenge you and go beyond the clichés of “giving up” something. Now is a great time to take stock of and grow in your spiritual life. Not sure where to start? Here are 7 ideas for you to maximize your Lent:
- Wake up 30 minutes earlier (preferably before anyone else in your house is awake) and spend that time reading a passage in the Bible, praying about what you just read and offering your day to God.
- Go to a weekday Mass one day during the week. For most, going Saturday morning Mass is the easiest.
- Read the Sunday readings before you go to Mass.
- Fast. Exercise temperance and eat less than you normally would have. The Church suggests 1 normal meal and 2 snacks that would equal a meal.
- Don’t eat at restaurants or shop for nonessential items during Lent. Save that money that you would normally have spent and give that to the poor.
- Simplify your life. Make a list of all the excesses in your life. Think about which ones you could do without.
- Go to Confession. Can’t remember how? Simply tell the priest it has been a while, and ask him to guide you through it. Think your sins are beyond forgiving or that you will scandalize the priest? Trust me; the priest has heard them all. The most important thing is to go. Seek His Mercy and Grace.
These 7 ideas are by no means the only things you can do during Lent but they will put you on the right path in preparing spiritually and physically for the Resurrection of Christ.
May God bless you and your family during this Lenten season.
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