Lent is a time for three things, the things Jesus talks about in our Gospel today: prayer, fasting, almsgiving. Pray. Fast. Give. Here are some ideas I handed out at Mass. If everyone in our parish did all these things, holy smokes…what holiness we would have.
Mass EVERY Sunday – no exceptions, no excuses
Make a good confession before Easter.
Pray nightly before bed, in your heart w/ your own words
Read the Book of James in the bible.
Pray the act of contrition every night – w/ family is best
Read a Catholic book.
Pray in the silence of the church…St. Joe side door is open 7am – 10pm every day
Every day, pray for more holy priests.
Attend a daily Mass each week (schedule in the bulletin)
Pray the Stations of the Cross (every Fri at 5:30pm)
Go to Mass on Holy Thursday
Go to the Good Friday Service
Watch Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ
Develop your relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary: the rosary, scapular, consecrations etc.
Go to a conference or retreat (e.g., E6 men’s retreat, youth lock in, K of C men’s retreat, Catholic Women’s Conference)
Cut your daily television watching in half…NO MORE
Limit your daily smartphone time to no more than 1hr
Having observed #1 & 2 above, spend that extra time with friends of family
Skip the salt on the potatoes
Skip the sugar in your coffee
Fast from the snooze button.
Fast from a hot shower at least once this Lent
Fast from your bed at least once…
Instead of secular videos for entertainment, try some videos that will enrich your spiritual life. Use FORMED (info coming soon).
Fast from your favorite beverage.
Fast from excessive junk food.
Fast from complaining. Make a decision to be positive and happy. Life is too short to be angry and mean.
Invite someone out (coffee? movie?) who you have forgotten about
Invite someone to Mass…especially Easter Mass.
Write 3 thank you letters to those who have positively impacted your life
Donate at least ten things in your house to the needy.
If you are not currently giving 10% of your income, do so…at least during Lent.
Sign up to receive Fr. Mike’s blog (unendingmercy.com) in your daily email, & give two min/day to read his post.
Call someone who would love to hear your voice.
Give someone a hug every day.
Drop the attitude and be good to your family.
Sign up for a shift at the festival: stjoeshelby.org.
Look people in the eye and say, “God bless you.”
Give mercy. Let a bygone be a bygone.
Make a list of things you are grateful for. Review and add to it every day.