As we enter into the last two weeks of Lent, let’s recommit ourselves to our Lenten sacrifices. And for those of you who feel as though you wasted the first half of Lent, it’s not too late to begin!
Lent is an opportunity to start over—an opportunity to hit the restart button. It’s a time to adjust any bad habits, to give of our time in service and most importantly to grow in our relationship with Jesus.
During the past few weeks I’ve decided to make this Lent a Catholic Dating Boot Camp. Just like training for the “Biggest Loser,” I’ve decided to “lose” the things that might be holding me back from dating and marriage. Am I being too picky? Do I romanticize the dating process? Am I unforgiving of other people’s imperfections? Am I blind to my own imperfections? It’s time to give up the burdens that are keeping me from love.
Pope Francis reminds us that this type of training is not easy: “Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.”
Self-reflection and ridding ourselves of bad dating habits is hard work and painful at times.
As we enter into Holy Week and the Triduum, I invite you to join me on this spiritual boot camp and give up the barriers that are blocking our way to finding authentic love.
Be sure to check out my Lenten Dating Boot Camp interview with Matt Swaim from the Son Rise Morning show.