Things to do for Lent
Dear Parishioners and Visitors:
The forty days of Lent relate to the time of fasting and prayer Jesus spent in the desert before he began his public ministry (which we heard in today’s gospel). The word Lent comes from a word meaning “springtime” and its purpose is like that of spring – a time of growth and new life. Whatever things we do during the Lenten season ought to bring growth to our faith and more life to those around us. Here are 10 suggestions to help you grow in faith during this Lenten season.
- Have more family meals together (and have a short prayer or Bible reading at the beginning or end of the meal).
- Read the Sunday readings which are listed in the bulletin before coming to Mass.
- Try coming to a weekday mass during this season.
- Participate in the Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent.
- Set aside a little money each day/week to share with the poor at Lent’s conclusion.
- Decide to make amends with someone who has hurt you.
- Set aside 5-10 minutes each day for time with Jesus (listen to instrumental or Christian music, take a walk, or just sit quietly — but think about Jesus and God’s love for you).
- Use the Internet to learn more about your faith.
- Write letters to people (especially the elderly).
- Refrain from going out for meals or coffee and set aside the money saved to give to a charitable organization.
Just as spring is a time of growth, my sincere prayer is that these days of Lent will be a time of growth for you. Use these suggestions or use others that you decide, but remember, whatever sacrifices you make ought to help you grow in faith and help you have more love for others. Peace.