Tired of the “same ole, same ole“ Lent? Feeling bored and uninspired? Look no further, I have a Lenten toolbelt that will knock your socks off!
I get it. Sometimes it just feels like we just wrapped up one major Catholic season when another one magically appears. It can be daunting, if you’re not prepared.
So, here we are facing the Lenten Season and all we can come up with is giving up Starbucks, Netflix and chocolate. Same ‘ole, same ‘ole. Of course, the operative word being: unprepared.
Now, what if I told you that preparing for Lent was really super easy. That all you need is few moments to unplug and pray. A little quiet time is all it takes for the Holy Spirit to answer your question:
Heavenly Father, what do you want of me?
Moreover, if you’re dialed in and having regular conversations with Him — you’ll recognize His voice. You’ll hear His whisper loud and clear.
Can I get an AMEN?!
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Lent is a time of conversion.
We have 40 wonderful days to reflect and repent. We recall the events leading up to and including the death of Jesus Christ and we fall deeper in love with Him.
So, what can you put in that toolbelt to get you closer to God as we prepare for Easter?
- Lent Journal – Dedicate one journal to those 40 days of reflection. Or, you could do as I did. I purchased Bishop Barron’s “Lenten Gospel Reflections” which included daily Gospel readings, his reflections and an area to drop your own thoughts. Love it!!
- Sacrifice Bracelet – I came across this great article about St. Therese Lisieux and the sacrifice tenner she would carry around to track her good deeds. I thought what a great idea! A string of beads to track my daily sacrifices and acts of love during lent. Plot twist: I bought a Rosary tenner, added a clasp and voila a sacrifice bracelet was born!
- Join a community challenge – For instance, there is this great meditation app for Catholics – Hallow with a #Pray40 Lent daily challenge. As the app says: 40 days. 40 prayers to grow closer to Jesus and following the example of St. Joseph.
- Which brings me to my favorite toolbelt kit item: Consecration to St. Joseph! Pope Francis declared the “Amoris Laetitia Family” year which celebrates the family and officially kicks off March 19th, feast day to St. Joseph, earthly father to our Most Holy. I decided to consecrate myself to St. Joseph, which ends in a few days. I’ll write a whole other post on that after Lent. All I can say today is WOW. Above all, it has forever changed my life!
Lent is a time for believing, for welcoming God into our lives and allowing Him to ‘make His dwelling’ in us.Pope Francis
So, there it is, my Lenten Toolbelt. Options galore for taking your faith up another level. I Love to hear your thoughts. Drop me a comment below and tell me how your Lent is going.