My Favorite Thing to Do for Lent

rosary in hand_redCCH Communication and Evangelization Manager writes about her favorite thing to do for Lent:

“During Lent, there is one spiritual activity that I look forward to most. Before Lent starts, I get out my calendar and I write the name of one family member, friend, coworker, neighbor, acquaintance, or someone I’m not too fond of on one of the 40 days of Lent. On that day, I offer my prayers and petitions, frustrations, joys, and sufferings for that person’s intentions…” Read more here.

What are you giving up or taking on for Lent this year?

A prayer petition for 2011

This January, when making your resolutions for 2011, don’t forget to include the most important type of goals for your life: the spiritual ones.

Perhaps you can commit to a deeper prayer life, more time spent in the adoration chapel, more frequent self-sacrifice hands-praying(like fasting), attending daily Mass more often, etc.

On January 1st, Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI reminded religious leaders around the world of the commitment that must be made to continually seek peace among nations. “I invite all of you to join in heartfelt prayer to Christ the Prince of Peace for an end to violence and conflict wherever they are found,” the Holy Father declared. This year, let us all incorporate prayers for peace into our ‘spiritual plans’ so that we may do our part to spread God’s love and peace in our world today.

Thoughts on Lent from our Holy Fathers…

“Conversion to Christ, believing in the Gospel, ultimately means this: to exit the illusion of self-sufficiency in order to discover and accept one’s own need—the need of others and God, the need of His forgiveness and His friendship.” -Pope Benedict XVI, Lenten Message 2010

PopeBenedictXVI“In our own day, fasting seems to have lost something of its spiritual meaning, and has taken on, in a culture characterized by the search for material well-being, a therapeutic value for the care of one’s body. Fasting certainly bring benefits to physical well-being, but for believers, it is, in the first place, a ‘therapy’ to heal all that prevents them from conformity to the will of God.” -Pope Benedict XVI, Lenten Message 2009

“How should we respond to the invitation to conversion that Jesus addresses to us in this time of Lent? How can there be a serious change in our life? First of all, we must open our hearts to the penetrating call that comes to us from the Liturgy. The time of preparation for Easter is a providential gift from the Lord and a precious opportunity to draw closer to him, turning inward to listen to his promptings deep within.” -Pope John Paul II, Lenten Message 2001Pope JPII

“It is my fervent hope that believers will find this Lent a favorable time for bearing witness to the Gospel of charity in every place, since the vocation to charity is the heart of all true evangelization. To this end I invoke the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church and pray that she will accompany us on our Lenten journey.” -Pope John Paul II, Lenten Message 2003

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