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Simple steps this Lent

After the holidays and a death in the family, I was mentally thrown for a loop.  I was really looking forward to Lent as it typically helps me get a better grasp on areas where I am faultering.  But this year was different and I’m trying not to beat myself up too much.  Continuing to allow myself a break once in a while is a new concept to me but I have learned that it is a very necessary one.  So rather than focussing on what I am NOT doing this Lent, besides not weighing myself daily, I am trying to focus on the good things that we are doing and the benefits we have already seen because of them.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops(USCCB) states:

“The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Church asks us to surrender ourselves to prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.”

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“But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.  How much more then, since we are now justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath.”  Romans 5: 8-9

 

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