Wait, is it Lent already? Should I give something up?
I’ve asked myself these questions many times on the cusp of Lent.
That’s right, Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, is Wednesday, February 17! Are you ready?
For busy people, it can be especially difficult to think about taking on a new thing or giving something up. We often ask ourselves, “How do I have time for that right now?” Trust me, there is no better time. And NOW is the time. So….
Here are 10 Easy Steps for Life-Changing Lent Goals!
The three pillars of Lent are fasting, prayer, and almsgiving as a means for better loving God and neighbor. Here is a process to help you identify specific goals around these pillars for growth during Lent.
- Find a quiet place away from your normal routine and distractions to be with God in prayer — a chapel, prayer place in your home, outside, etc.
- Commit to at least 20 minutes in this place — preferably closer to 30+ min.
- Settle into your spot and seek to find a greater internal stillness. Deep, slow breaths. And ask God to help you be still. Praying “Come, Holy Spirit” or “Come, Lord Jesus” can help with this interior stillness.
- Ask God to show you how He would like you to approach Lent this year.
- Listen. No, REALLY listen. He will speak to you. Believe that.
- Ask yourself and God the following questions:
- FASTING: What do I need to give up or cut back on that is a barrier to loving myself, others, and/or God?
- PRAYER: How can I dedicate more time and energy to a daily routine of prayer?
- PRAYER: How can I be more intentional about going to Mass and Confession during Lent? Can I go to Mass some during the week? Can I go to Confession monthly or twice per month?
- ALMSGIVING: What is one small way I can give of myself to others in my community or around me?
- Identify 1-3 areas for growth based on the above and set some clear, measurable, and actionable goals over Lent.
- WRITE DOWN your specific goals.
- Pray for the grace to fulfill these goals well with God’s help.
- Seek to live the goals during Lent. If you fall from them, don’t be too hard on yourself. But also don’t just give them up if you slip. Get back on the horse and keep at it!
Below we have also included some great resources to help you make this Lent the BEST LENT yet.
We are praying for you this Lent,
Resources for Lent
As we enter into the liturgical season of Lent, we remember the true meaning of this season. Lent is a time of preparation to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter. It is a time of self-reflection, deeper conversion, and seeking to give more of yourself to Christ.
Check out the resources below to help guide your preparation!
Lenten Reflections From a Catholic Business Leader Napa Institute
Patient Ascent of Lent Knights of Columbus
How to Figure Out What to Do For Lent Blessed Is She
Preparing For Lent Father Mike Schmitz
Preparing For Lent Transforming Center
Entering The Dessert of Lent Word on Fire
Cana 90 Messy Family Project
The Greatness of Lent Scott Hahn
10 Things to Give Up or Take on This Lent Matt Fradd
Resources for Prayer
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