Prayer, fasting and alms giving can seem daunting to us as we begin our 40 days of Lent. And how does it feel right about now? Have you lost sight of your original intentions? Fr. Dave once told us to ‘give things up mindfully, not mindlessly.’ Those words have stuck with me all these years later and, from time to time, I attempt to change things up from the usual routine. Prayer, for me, is the easy part. “Pray without ceasing,” St. Paul instructs us in 1 Thes 5.16. Pe
During the holy season of Lent we are invited to “turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel”. Here are some practical ways of entering into this season and benefiting from it: Stations of the Cross - this is an ancient practice of reflecting on the passion and death of our Lord. True friendship is proven when we are willing to be with our friend during his/her most trying moments. It is the same in our relationship with Jesus. When we choose to be with Jesus during
Lent - a holy season of penance and preparation. We need balance in our lives, which is why the Holy Church offers us opportunities for rejoicing and penance. We must be careful that we accept both penance and joy in a balanced way so that our spiritual life may be healthy. It’s too easy to focus on one or the other. Some Christians tend to emphasize only penance by preaching exclusively on sin. This is not healthy, as it can lead us to a life of misery and depression.