Thursday, February 9, 2012
This Year's Lenten Plans
In less than two weeks, our favorite liturgical season will be upon us. What we will do this year to make our Lenten journey a spiritually profitable one for ourselves and our families?
For one thing, I will not be blogging or reading blogs on Fridays. I would encourage others to do the same.
Today, a Douay-Rheims edition of the New Testament with a complete set of Psalms arrived in the mail from the friars at Mystic Monk Coffee. It's a flexible cover edition small enough to tuck inside my handbag. I don't think I read Scripture enough so I will make a sincere effort this Lent to devote a little time each day to that devotion. I hope to pray the Psalms more often as well.
As is my routine during Lent, I will try to make the Stations of the Cross each Friday at my own parish, and perhaps on other days during the week if they are offered at other nearby churches. And I will make a more concerted effort to get some family members other than faithful Rebecca to go with me.
I took the day off on Ash Wednesday. I like to begin the day with early morning Mass at my own parish, followed by Adoration and hopefully confession later in the day. Then I will take Matthew to a prayer service at our parish later in the day when he gets home from school.
So far I know of only one retreat for Lent, the silent retreat at the Carmel that I mentioned a few weeks ago. In lieu of an additional retreat, I will try to spend more time in Adoration, perhaps combined with fasting before-hand. Who knows what soul might be saved from this effort? Maybe my own!
The Royal Way of the Cross by Francois Fenelon is one of my favorite picks for Lenten reading. Does anyone have any others to suggest? I am a bit of a creature of habit whereby with both spiritual books as well as fiction, I like to go back to that with which I'm familiar, rather than venturing out and trying something new, so I'd like to get out of my comfort zone a bit with something different.
I know some people consider abstaining from certain foods or treats a juvenile way to observe Lent, but I think it's a good thing if you combine it with spiritual practices. God give me the strength to give up Pepsi for Lent (and help my poor family during the withdrawal period!).
Posted by TLW at 8:19 PM