Welcome to Lent!
SOME OF US have the custom of wishing one another a "good Lent." Why good? Shouldn't we be wishing one another a solemn or serious or remorseful Lent? Maybe we should, but it is entirely appropriate to extend this good wish to others. Lent is good. It's good because it focuses us on what is most important.
Every year Lent invites us to prepare for the celebration of the great high feast of Easter. It calls us to join ourselves more closely to the main event of our faith: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
One of the things that gives Lent such power is hearing once again the voice of God calling us, a voice filled with patience, love, and mercy. With regret but also with joy we realize that voice has always been speaking to us, though we haven't always listened.
So we gather to make our prayer for mercy and give thanks for God's unfailing compassion. We receive a mark on our foreheads as a sign of an inner change of heart and mind that will express itself in our attitudes and what we do.
It is a blessed time. In it we draw closer to our Lord, and we learn to pray more deeply, remove the obstacles to love, and give of ourselves more generously. What could be better than that? Have a good Lent!
- By Joel Schorn, excerpted from Prepare the Word,
published by TrueQuest Communications
Give yourself a spiritual workout this Lent
GIVING UP THINGS that mean little to us is good but cannot really impact the state of our souls. A much better exercise is to look critically at how we spend time in prayer, what we worship in the secular world, or how we spend our money.
Try these Lenten fasts:
Proclaim an electronic fast on weekends. That means no iPad, iPod, Blackberry, or computer until Monday morning. Then spend the resulting free time visiting people you love and spending quality time with your spouse and children.
Stay out of unnecessary stores during Lent. Anything beyond the grocery store, pharmacy, etc., is off-limits. Instead of adding more stuff during Lent, give away or throw away three things each day before Easter.
Go green in a big way. Every day perform a Lenten “random act of kindness for the earth.” Keep a journal of your green project work, and after Easter do these acts regularly.
Fast from media during Lent. Stop watching TV or Internet news or even listening to the radio. For 40 days, turn your thoughts to God. Choose to spend your time reading a book or magazine that feeds your soul.
Walk everywhere you can. Limit gas usage to a certain amount and make it last all week. Each day, walk with God. Simply imagine that you and Jesus Christ are running or walking side by side. Talk to him and listen to him.
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