March 15th, 2013 - Michael-692806 said:
Try to be more concentrated at mass, when reading the bible and when praying
Try to cut out distractions at work and tackle the hardest tasks and toughest conversations first
Same outside work; sticking to a rough timetable rather than doing what I feel like
March 8th, 2013 - Jacqueline-658726 said:
I tried to select multiple boxes as I think part of the Lenten experience is following as many Lenten practices as possible. Each one is different and brings its own special gift of spirituality with it. For example, ashes on Ash Wednesday is a one time thing, however fasting is an ongoing Lenten thing. However, one thing that I recently learned is that fasting and almsgiving are both wings and that together help our souls fly.
March 7th, 2013 - Susan-940526 said:
In general I am in a place in my life where I am working on being a better Catholic in general. Being on CM has helped steer me in that direction and joining at Lent has really boosted it...as I have many more opportunities at church i.e. station of cross , confession ( which I did last nite for first time in years) etc. Thanks. Blessings
February 26th, 2013 - Elizabeth-384374 said:
I do the medieval lenten practices. This means no animal products except fish. I'm allergic to dairy - which I discovered thanks to this diet. Since I discovered the dairy allergy, I've had a much better complexion, been far more "awake", and haven't been as sick. Also, the "one meal a day" thing was only done on Wednesdays and Fridays in the Middle Ages/Renaissance. They also loved hot food and lenten apple pie is quite good.
February 23rd, 2013 - Annette-6680 said:
While giving up in sacrifice is important, I like to add things I wouldn't usually do....spending volunteer time in places I would have been more limited in spending, doing random acts of kindness i.e. paying for the person at the next table or the person behind as I drive through the fast food lane, Another is paying the toll for the person behind as they exit the hospital where I visit.
February 22nd, 2013 - Bob-179105 said:
Along with giving up things, for the last several years, I have decided to add some things. An example of this is that I always try to be especially kind, both in my words and by my tip to the person, who serves me a meal. I also go out my way to thank the person, who collects the carts at the grocery store.
February 22nd, 2013 - Michael-610938 said:
Besides ashes on Ash Wednesday, I do a traditional Lenten fast: one normal-sized meal per day. My former parish priest taught us this fast. I like it. It teaches us how we might think we're self-sufficient, but we really depend on God. That hunger draws one into deeper prayer when one prays. I recommend it if you haven't done it before. Yes, you get hungry, but that's the point...to realize your dependency on God. If it gets to be too much, just have a little something to curb the hunger, like a piece of fruit or a few crackers & cheese...just a little something. Our priest also suggested that the men of the parish take it a step further: no meat during Lent (vegetarians figure out something different you can do) and no hot meals. It basically reduces the Lenten diet down to fruits, vegetables, cheese, nuts, bread, and the like. Surprisingly, there is still a lot you can do with that. I put things together like vegetable sandwiches. I started by buying them at Subway, then I started making my own similar to Subway. Now I invent my own versions. I also eat peanut butter sandwiches (no jelly) or salads. I don't like salads, so whenever someone offers me a salad outside of Lent, I just think, "that's penance food." I can eat 'em, but I don't like 'em.
February 17th, 2013 - MaryAnne-804315 said:
I agree with Andrew. I try to do them all as well. I also try to give to those who ask of my with no thought of receiving anything back. Oh, and no meat on Friday...which doesn't mean shrimp and lobster! Usually, soup supper after stations at Our Lady of the Valley.
February 6th, 2013 - Sheri-682284 said:
Ash Wednesday Services, fasting and abstinence. This year I am taking the KLOVE 105.5 Challenge, but instead of 30 days of Christian music, I am doing it from now through Easter Sunday. Also, I attend a Holy Week Retreat, with all the Holy Week Services, at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, AZ.
February 3rd, 2013 - Maureen-432687 said:
It's a combination of: abstaining from things I enjoy; attending the Stations of the Cross and daily Mass as much as possible; reading and praying daily devotions; and giving more of my time, talent, and treasure where it is needed---all with a cheerful heart for the love of God and others; otherwise, it's all worthless.
January 31st, 2013 - Patsy-932553 said:
More than one practice....ashes, and I give up something...usually related to technology. For example: I have given up listening to the radio. It gave me more time to pray on the way to work. By the time Easter had arrived I didn't feel compelled to automatically turn the radio on, and to this day I still don't. It was truly a time that I was totally in the present moment, and in quiet so I could better hear God's will for me. I prayed the rosary and put my thoughts in the dessert with Jesus. There were some incredible moments of uncertainty which made the celebration of Easter that much more fulfilling. This year I am focused on getting out of God's way and let him work through me. I look forward to the lessons I will learn from this Lenten season.