Lent

The focuses of the Lenten Season are Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. Developing and growing our personal relationship with Jesus is at the heart of our discipleship journey.  Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving can help us grow that relationship.  Prayer, fasting and almsgiving have their origins in the Bible—Jesus has called us to pray, fast and share with others.

Prayer

Prayer brings us closer to God.  Not only does it help us focus on Him, but it helps us hear Him, especially if we spend some time in that “classroom of silence.”

Are you taking advantage of the opportunities to grow your prayer life and relationship with Jesus?  Commit to one or more of these:

  • 10 Minutes of Silent Prayer
  • Daily Mass
  • Stations on Wednesday Night
  • Thursday Adoration/Benediction
  • Word Among Us or Little Black book meditations

Fasting

What Am I Giving Up?  A common question, but fasting is more than eliminating a favorite food or drink. It is really a way to help us focus on God and others rather than ourselves.  We can fast from food and drink, but also from behaviors that impact our neighbors and ourselves.  This can help us make progress in growth as a disciple.  Commit to one or more of these:

  • Less complaining
  • Being less judgmental of others
  • Being more patient
  • No gossiping

Almsgiving

This is more than the act of writing a check.  Almsgiving is about bringing about a change in how we relate to God and others.  It helps us grow in gratitude for what we have and become more willing to share in love of God and our neighbors—the heart of a good disciple. The Lenten Gospel readings remind us that Jesus has asked us to not turn away from those in need.  Commit to one or more of these:

 

  • Try to frequently give to a good cause: all those requests in grocery stores, etc.
  • Really pay attention to the opportunities for almsgiving during Lent (Rice Bowl, Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul)
  • Pick a charity and “adopt” it this Lent by giving of time and/or treasure