So, we're almost halfway through Lent . . .
How's it been going so far? Have you been keeping strong with your daily penances and acts of self-denial? What about prayer and almsgiving, are you doing lots more of that, too? Have you made it to confession yet?
If you're like me, you started off strong and are now down to a fizzle. You may even keep forgetting that it's still Lent!Your Lent doesn't have to end on a crash and burn. There is still time to finish it well. Thankfully, Lent is long enough (six weeks!) so that we have time to pick up and start again when we drop off through our own weakness, forgetfulness, or carelessness.
If you struggle to make the big heroic sacrifices, here are simple things that you can do each day of the week to help prepare your soul for Easter. Making different kinds of sacrifices each day, rather than a single 40-day long sacrifice, may be a better way for you to progress through Lent faithfully.
The helpful ideas listed below are adapted from Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., editor of the Magnificat.
ROTATE YOUR DAILY PENANCES THROUGH LENT
- On Sundays - Lectio Divina
- On Mondays - Meditative Prayer
- On Tuesdays - Fasting
- On Wednesdays - Charitable Works of Mercy
- On Thursdays - Eucharistic Adoration
- On Fridays - Study the Faith
- On Saturdays - Confession & Penance
Of course, any of these days can be switched around to match your schedule. The idea is to do one small thing each day as a reminder that this is still the penitential season of Lent, and that we should be doing things differently than we normally would.
Is this list helpful? What else would you recommend?
This article as been updated and was originally published in March 2013. © The Catholic Company. All rights reserved.