Lent is one of the most beautiful times of the year. It comes with great sacrifice, sorrow as we walk through the desert with Jesus leading up to his crucifixion, but ends in incredible joy. It’s the time of the year where we are called the most to dive deeper into our prayer life, scripture, service to others, and abstaining from those things that prevent us from growing closer to our Lord.
During Lent we are called to grow in three aspects of our spiritual life: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. I thought I’d offer some ideas for each of these and hopefully help anyone who may still be in need of ideas.
I’d say prayer is one of the, if not the, most important aspects of our relationship with Jesus. It is during this time that we come to know the Lord better, we spend time with him, offer up our gratitude and our supplications. This Lent, you can spend time in prayer by praying a daily rosary or divine mercy chaplet. If you pray for 20 minutes a day, bump it up to 40 minutes a day. Spend time in prayer simply sitting in silence with the Lord. Spend time with the Gospels. Go to adoration. Attend daily mass more often. Pray a novena. Download the Hallow app and join a prayer series, such as #Pray40 with Jesus.
Getting rid of some of the distractions from our daily lives is a great way to grow closer to the Lord this Lenten season. Take a break from social media this Lent or try to cut your screen time in half. Stop watching some of your favorite shows. Don’t go shopping. Cut your daily Starbucks drink from your routine. Give up junk food.
This Lent, try to offer more of your time, treasure and talent to others such as your parish or your favorite charity. Volunteer at a food bank or homeless shelter. Ask your family members if there’s anything you can do for them such as getting their groceries or giving them a ride if they need to go somewhere.
Lent is so much more than just giving up desert and being miserable about the whole time. It’s about growing closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who died and was crucified for the forgiveness of our sins.
What are you doing for Lent this year? May it be blessed.