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Try Something Different for Lent

Lenten Regulations

The Joyful Season of Lent

Try Something Different for Lent

Examinations of Conscience

The Penitential Psalms

During Lent, the church instructs its members to make prayer, fasting and almsgiving integral parts of their lives. Here are some suggestions to help you experience a grace-filled Lent , a Lent in which you deepen your relationship with God:

  • Learn about your patron saint.

  • Pray for -by name -people you don't like and for people that don't like you.

  • Read a Catholic magazine or visit a Church news site (example

  • Buy two of everything on your grocery list, and give the duplicates to the local food pantry.

  • Find out why you should have fun on Laetare Sunday, and then do so.

  • Start a "cuss bowl." For every unkind word you utter, put in a dollar (two dollars during Holy Week). After Easter, give the money to a English as a Second Language program.

  • Pray for those, e.g., children, parents, spouse, siblings, who have left the church.

  • Talk to a neighbor or relative you rarely or never talk to.

  • Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

  • Set aside 15 minutes each day to read Scripture.

  • Open a Christmas Club account with the intention of giving the money to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul or similar organization.

  • Set aside some time each day to just talk with God (be sure to listen closely for His answer).

  • Visit a church when you don't have to.

  • Pray the news: for the people whose stories of hardship are reported daily and weekly.

  • Observe five minutes of silence every day.

  • Memorize a Proverb.

  • Participate in a parish educational presentation.

  • Tell someone your story of faith, how God has made a difference in your life.

  • Identify your God-given gifts, how you use them, and how you could use them better.

  • Fast from gossip.

  • Pray the Scriptural rosary.

  • Develop a prayer list and pray it daily.

  • Sacrifice your time in order to help others.

  • Follow the advise of St. Francis of Assisi, "Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words."

  • When Easter comes, don't drop the new practice you've begun during Lent! Make a permanent feature of a deeper Christian life!

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