I Hate, no, Love, no, NEED Lent!

I hate love NEED Lent! (I really wanted the title to look like this, but it won’t let me.)

Lent, I’m feeling really good about it….so far I’ve kept my Lenten resolutions well and….. it’s just about noon, 1/80th of the way to Easter. We all have to start somewhere!

God knows me well. My fickle spirit needs a regular resetting, a consistent reminder to cooperate with His grace and strive toward the goodness toward which God calls, a restoration of at least a little discipline in life. Oh how I need it!

I had an interesting list of possible Lenten resolutions passed on to me. I found them interesting; hope you do, too. Some might be good ideas for you, some not! They come from daily family life:

  1. Go to Mass every day. 2. Pray the Rosary every day. 3. Go to Confession every Friday or once a week. 4. Pray the Family Rosary every day or once a week. 5. Pray in silence 20 minutes a day. 6. Make a Eucharistic visit every day. 7. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet (at 3:00 PM) every day. 8. Fast on bread and water one to three times per week.  9. Read a spiritual book. 10. Tithe to your local parish. 11. Give a donation to charity instead of buying something for you. 12. Get out of bed right away in the morning and pray “Jesus, I love you!” in the first waking seconds of the day. 13. Listen to Catholic radio. 14. Do something major to improve your marriage. 15. Volunteer: at your child’s school, homeless shelter 16. Visit a home for the elderly. 17. Read a Gospel or all four Gospels. 18. Memorize ten favorite Bible verses. 19. Take a holy hour in your parish. 20. Share a holy book with a friend. 21. Oh, why not? Pray in silence for an HOUR every day. 22. Do an act of kindness for another at home or at work each day.

    23. Give up something you absolutely love, crave, or spend time on, or that annoys the people you love, including:

  • your cellphone (or, texting, shopping online, Face-book, etc. online)
  • television or your favorite television show
  • television before a certain hour
  • television AFTER a certain hour
  • coffee (yes, coffee)
  • caffeine in any form
  • diet soda
  • donuts
  • hamburgers
  • pizza (yes, pizza)
  • chocolate
  • anything with chocolate flavor
  • all snacks or desserts
  • movies, Netflix, movie rentals
  • the Internet
  • March Madness
  • following your favorite sports team
  • video games
  • celebrity magazines
  • golf (an objectively grave moral evil) (only kidding)
  • booze (yes, booze)
  • watching golf on TV
  • a destructive, irresistible “friendship”
  • doubt that some very small goodness matters, it does!
  • foul language
  • picking your nose
  • not grooming properly
  • sports radio
  • satellite radio
  • music radio
  • talk radio
  • restaurants
  • eating lunch outside of work
  • driving when you could walk
  • sleeping in late on the weekends
  • hitting the Snooze Button in the morning
  • fast food drive-throughs
  • shopping for clothes or food
  • soap operas
  • working on cars
  • working in your shop
  • chess
  • fishing, hunting, four-wheeling, skateboarding
  • some of your “alone” time doing any hobby
  • your absolute favorite, passionate hobby (aha, you just fainted!)
  • nagging your husband (you know who you are)
  • criticizing your wife (she knows who you are)
  • interrupting others
  • knitting, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, sudoku
  • knitting? (you addicts understand)
  • cigarettes
  • cigars, gum, and “phony candy” breath mints
  • cookies
  • chips
  • cellphone calls in your car on the drive home
  • Bluetooth headset (more difficult than you think)
  • fantasy football, basketball, or baseball
  • ice cream
  • betting on March Madness
  • gossiping at work—say something nice instead
  • stealing “little stuff” from your employer, including time online
  • relations with your spouse (on certain days or weeks)
  • thinking about yourself when you wake up or go to sleep (pray instead)
  • thinking about yourself when you drive (pray instead)
  • buying anything you don’t need

Or stated the other way you could add:

  • cooking breakfast for your kids
  • stopping by your neighbors to say hello
  • smiling when you arrive at the office
  • eating your vegetables (even you adults)
  • exercise
  • visit or call your “not close by” relatives

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God bless and guide you in your Lenten practices as well as those of your family!

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