woman sunset - smallWritten By: Amber Miller

It’s that time of year again. It is a time when Christians will begin to fast, abstain from meat, and resolve to “give up” or “take up” something for Lent. This practice isn’t just limited to Christians—I have secular friends who partake in a “Lenten Sacrifice,” usually involving a change in their diet or their exercise regimen. A few years ago when I noticed the popularity of the Lenten Season, I was pleasantly surprised to see non-Christians taking up the challenge of “denying themselves,” like Jesus asked us to do. However, we as Christians must be careful never to lose sight of why we practice little sacrifices, fasting, and abstinence. If the sacrifice we make does not bring us closer to Jesus, then we are doing Lent wrong.

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”

Penitents who attend an Ash Wednesday service today will likely hear these words as they receive ashes on their foreheads. As one who has been told this more than twenty times before, I can admit that these words do sound rather morbid, and perhaps a little insulting. Yet, this beautiful reminder flies in the face of secularist Lenten challenges. If secular folk approach Lent with the intention of testing their willpower or strength, Christians approach Lent with humility and trust in God. We recognize our weakness, our concupiscence, and with God’s mercy, we try to overcome our bad habits by replacing them with good ones. As Lent begins, let us not get too caught up in our self-imposed “rules.” Let us remember who we are and Who we are trying to serve. If you would like to slowly destroy your pride this Lenten season, I highly recommend regular recitation of the Litany of Humility:

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved…
From the desire of being extolled …
From the desire of being honored …
From the desire of being praised …
From the desire of being preferred to others…
From the desire of being consulted …
From the desire of being approved …
From the fear of being humiliated …
From the fear of being despised…
From the fear of suffering rebukes …
From the fear of being calumniated …
From the fear of being forgotten …
From the fear of being ridiculed …
From the fear of being wronged …
From the fear of being suspected …

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I …
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease …
That others may be chosen and I set aside …
That others may be praised and I unnoticed …
That others may be preferred to me in everything…
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…

Amen.

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