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A Few Ideas for Lent

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Lent is just around the corner, and if you are anything like me, you've probably put off deciding what you will do this year.

Instead of making Lent your yearly diet or going for your standard sacrifices of soda, sweets, etc. Here are a few other ideas to try this year

 

Give up:

Netflix/Amazon Video/Hulu/TV--stop wasting time and do something
Social Media--interact with the people in front of you
Your snooze button--get up at the first alarm, and thank God for the day
Your car--walk, bike, take a bus
Complaining--be grateful for your many blessings
Eating out--take the time to make your meals, and donate the money you save to charity
Leggings/yoga pants/athletic shorts (when not exercising)--dress up a bit for classes
Make-up
Your pillow
Staying up late
Go for a strict Orthodox fast (no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, olive oil, or alcohol) and read up a bit on our Eastern brethren
Non-school/work related internet
Hot showers
Impatience--wait patiently in line, park further away, choose the longest line at the store instead of the shortest
Secular music--listen to Christian music or Catholic podcasts instead
Doing homework on Sunday (get it done Saturday instead)--make Sunday a day of rest
Being negative--look for the good in people

 

Lent isn't just about giving things up, we should also take time to do some good:

Volunteer--maybe at the Mount Carmel Home or the Mother Teresa Shelter
Attend Newman Events ;-) 
Donate all “found” money (in the laundry, car cup holder, couch, etc) to charity
Donate clothes to charity (usable, clean, with no holes or tears)
Call your mom/dad/grandparents at least once a week
Each week or each day, write a thank you letter to someone who has helped you or made a difference in your life
Keep your room/apartment clean
Do random acts of kindness each day
Forgive someone who has hurt you
Read a religious book--maybe join our Men's and Women's Groups reading “Arriving at Amen”

 

Finally, we need to increase our prayer. St. Leo the Great, in speaking about Lent said "whatever degree of progress has been made there is no one who should not be more advanced." Work to advance a little in your spiritual life by:

Attend daily Mass at least 3 times a week--get a friend to go with you and to keep each other accountable
Say the Rosary and/or Divine Mercy Chaplet daily
Add 5-10 minutes to your daily prayer (or start praying 5-10 minutes each day)
Go to Adoration (Fridays 12-4 at the Newman or in town)
Go to Confession
Go to Islander Awakening

Whatever you choose to do, make this Lent a blessed season and use it to grow in holiness.

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Campus Minister for the Newman Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.