If you are like me, then you are having a little fun celebrating Mardi Gras today. But alas! – we enter the penitential season of Lent tomorrow. The Church, in her wisdom, gives us the season of Lent to enter the desert for 40 days to help us prepare for the most important time in the history of mankind, the resurrection of Jesus at Easter.
Below are some resources that may be helpful for you and your family to prepare for Lent. May God bless you!
Lenten Calendar – Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving for the Homeless (Christ in the City)
“Each day during lent, we invite you to join us in praying and sacrificing for one of our homeless friends. The names listed on the Lenten Calendar are names of our missionaries’ closest friends on the street.”
“In my own experience, I often begin the lenten season with the best of intentions. I imagine myself going into full monk mode, fasting and praying as ardently as one of the monastic fathers in the desert. And maybe for the first week I succeed through sheer strength of will. Then, just when I am feeling good about myself, everything falls apart and I come face to face with my own weakness.”
“Spend your time with Christ in the Gospel this Lent alongside Bishop Barron and the Word on Fire community.”
“Sign up for Best Lent Ever, a FREE, video-based email program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly. From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, Matthew will help you identify what stands between you and happiness . . . and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever?
“Ready to move beyond just giving up chocolate? Last year we gave you 25 Creative Ideas for Lent. This year, I thought it’d be fun to expand upon that list. Except, if you know us at Life Teen, you know we like to make things a bit… well… more interesting. So here’s a list of weird things to do for lent. The best part is that even though they’re a bit odd, they will actually help you to be holy!”
“This Lent, foster a daily practice of spiritual calm where God is at the center. Living Lent Daily is a daily e-mail series delivering fresh reflections based on the Scriptures of Lent. Each day’s message includes a quotation from the day’s Scripture readings and a brief reflection to spur meditation, prayer, and self-examination. The messages also include suggestions for further exploration of Lenten themes through additional online articles and prayers.”
“There is some real merit to the idea of leaning into the sufferings already present in your life, whether it be a difficult season – and maybe a long one – in your marriage, a sick child, a defiant toddler, a sleepless newborn, a move, an illness, a loss, a frustrating “no” when yes was so desperately sought after…”
“The “why Friday?” question is pretty obvious: it is one way we commemorate the Passion and death of Our Savior Jesus Christ. But the question of “why meat?” seems to come up again and again.”
“We are women, just like you. We are single, married, mamas, and grandmamas too. Here at Blessed is She, we help foster community, through daily devotions straight to your inbox. We walk with you on this crazy journey as a daughter of the King. Enter into a community full of women just like you”
“It seems to us that we must repeat these words of the Lord today at a moment when—with the closing of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council—the Church continues along its path with more vigorous steps. Among the grave and urgent problems which in fact summon our pastoral concern, it seems to us that not the least is to remind our sons—and all religious men of our times—of the significance and importance of the divine precept of penitence.”
Trey Gross served 2 years with Christ in the City, and is currently discerning with the Sodalitium.