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Thursday, April 14, 2011

L is for Lent

We are rounding the end of the season of Lent. It is a holy season in which we prepare for the celebration of Easter. We give things up (fasting), we enrich our spiritual lives, and we repent of our sins.  That is why we use the ashes on Ash Wednesday - to admit our sinful nature and our sorrow for our sins.  It is also a time to reflect on Jesus and his suffering for our sins. 

Here are some things, in addition to fasting and giving up something, to do to enrich your spiritual life this Lenten Season:

  • More spiritual reading - read about the saints, their lives, their writings. Read more of the Bible. Read more about your faith.
  • Go to Confession. Lent is a great time to confess your sins and seek forgiveness.
  • Do good deeds - offer help to someone in need, prepare a meal for a home bound person, do a chore for a family member
  • Pray more - add an extra prayer. Or take up a devotion such as the Rosary or the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Making the extra effort will make your spiritual growth flourish.

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