In just about 2 weeks Lent will come to a close, and the Triduum, the most solemn time of the liturgical year, begins. That got me thinking…
It’s time to take stock.
How’s your Lent going? Is it what you hoped it would be? Did you stick to your commitments? Have you grown deeper in your relationship with God?
If you’re like me, the answers are yes and no: “Well, yes, I’ve grown closer in my relationship with God, but non, it’s not quite all I’d hoped it would be.” So what’s a girl to do?
Recommit. Reenergize. Restart. Here are some ideas of things you can do over the next 2 weeks to help you to go deeper:
You were planning to go to daily mass, but haven’t – schedule time over the next 2 weeks to make it to Mass & then do it.
You were planning to pray the rosary every day, but haven’t – start today and commit to praying it at the same time everyday for the next 2 weeks. Having a regularly scheduled prayer time helps. If you can’t do that – pray it while you drive. If nothing else, it will make you a more patient driver!
You were planning to meditate every day, but haven’t – schedule the time over the next 2 weeks to do so. Make sure it’s realistic – a time when you’re most likely to keep your appointment, when you’re less distracted, when you’re not falling asleep, and for a duration that is doable. Choose a resource to help you, if needed. If the kids circle you like sharks for most of the day, ask your husband to hold down the fort after he gets homw, so you can have some time. If need be, put on the TV & escape!
You were planning to go to confession or planning on bringing the kids, but haven’t – find out when confession will be offered at your parish, mark it on your calendar and go. Same with any penance services that might be offered in your area – that might be especially helpful for kids. In the Boston Archdiocese, confession is available through “The Light is on for You” – all parishes in the archdiocese offer confession every Wednesday from 6:30-8:00.
You were hoping to go on retreat, but haven’t – maybe an overnight is too much…make it an afternoon, or a morning – force yourself to carve out the time to “retreat”, to step away from you busy life and spend some time with God.
You have a stack of books you wanted to read, but haven’t even made a dent, or maybe haven’t even started. Wherever you – page 7 or 35 or 122 or the table of contents, pick up the book and read. The time will pass anyway, and if you don’t finish it over the next 2 weeks, make it an Easter read.
Your fasting has been lackluster – start again and make it a 2 week Lent and stick to it.
You were planning to talk to that person whom you most need to forgive, but haven’t – give yourself a deadline to have it done by the end of Lent and make an appointment to sit down and talk with that person. You won’t regret it!
Whatever your goals were for this Lent, if you’re on track, praise the Lord and continue. If you’re off track, praise the Lord and begin again!
We adore You O Christ and we bless You because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world. Anne