Over the past two weeks I have been listening to talks on CD’s on my ride in to work. I try to listen to Catholic radio on my ride, but the signal is so week in the morning that all I get is static mixed in with talk, so it’s kind of hard. So I started to listen to CD’s.
In truth it has been a very good experience, I am learning more about my faith daily, and that can’t be a bad thing. With Lent coming up, I have made a short list of what I plan of doing during this Lenten session. I would like to share this list with you, and who knows I may even be inspired to write about my experience, but if you’re lucky I won’t.
1. Read/Learn more about my faith
2. Attend the Stations of the Cross at my local Parish
3. Go to confession
4. Donate more to Boys Town
5. Clean out my house, and donate all I do not need to St. Vincent DePaul
6. Clean out my life and offer up all that I do not need to God
7. Work out (I am just way to fat)
8. Eat healthier (I love junk foods, and that’s why I’m way to fat)
That’s my short list, and with the Grace of God, I will be able to stick to it all.
Lent offers us all a time to examine our lives, a time to reflect on ourselves and God. (See my blog on reflection at www.youcanbenew.wordpress.com) Lent leads up to the holiest of holy days, Easter, the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus the Christ, It is a glorious day, a day of great joy, and lent, the 40 days (not including Sundays, Sundays are a free pass) leading up to Easter. Lent is our time to prepare to the celebration of the resurrection. Our “acts” during Lent, Prayer, Fasting and Alums Giving are meant to help us prepare for Easter. We should use them not a tick marks on our Lent list, but rather as guide lines on how we should live out our life, daily.
We should always pray, daily, not just during Lent, but we can use Lent as a time to help us deepen our prayer life. Use the time to attend special prayer opportunities at your parish, use the time to read spiritual books or to listen to talks about our faith.
Fridays is fish day during Lent, but in truth it is so much more than that. Fasting is not just about giving up something, it about offering up. We offer up our hunger or wants to Jesus, we go without, so we can suffer along with Jesus. This is not just a Lent thing; we should always deny ourselves for the glory of God.
Alums for the poor, we know that we should give money and our used items to the poor, and we do, every Christmas time donations are up, and we all feel good about ourselves for doing our part. And that would be great, if we only had poor at Christmas time. We are called to be the light of Christ in this world, we are called to shine. We need to care for the poor daily, through prayer, fasting and Giving; Giving our time, money and talents.
Lent, a time to examine ourselves, a time to look deep within, use the 40 days to learn more, do more and give more. But don’t stop at the end of the 40, continue it on, allow this lent to lead you in to a resurrection of yourself.