Two weeks from right now, we will be winding down our celebration of Mardi Gras and preparing for the next day’s fast, abstinence, reception of ashes, and beginning of a penitential season of conversion: the season of Lent.
So we really need to start thinking about it now. What are we going to do for Lent?
More specifically, what are we going to give up for Lent?
The first thing to give up is making excuses. It’s sort of fashionable these days to “do something extra” for Lent – but very often this is nothing more than an excuse for not giving something up, which is what we are really supposed to be doing. We have an awful lot that we could stand to do without, some of which we really need to do without. Lent is a time to focus on those things.
Don’t me wrong – doing something extra is a healthy part of giving something up. We shouldn’t just leave a void in our lives, but should fill it with something good and healthy. Something out, another thing in. A good exchange. Don’t be a spiritual hoarder!
Don’t agree with me, or not sure if you do? Well, read this (PDF download), a little catechesis on Lenten penance written by a friend of mine, Fr. Geoff Horton from Peoria. Heck, read it even if you agree with me! Click to download:
Please share it with your friends.
The next two weeks will go by quickly. Time to get ready. What are you going to give up this year (don’t tell me)? What kind of sacrifice will really challenge you and help you to grow in virtue, grow closer to Christ? How will you make good use of this season?
I will post some more resources over the next two weeks.