Its mid-January, and lets be honest – most of us have New Years resolutions that are now long gone. (Those of you who have kept it up, way to go!!) Luckily for us, fellow slackers, Lent is less than a month away! You may be saying “wait, how is that lucky?” Lent can be the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate our motivation to be the best versions of ourselves as God intended! Take your New Years resolution, and examine how you can turn it into a Lenten sacrifice.
What New Years resolution did you make? Did you resolve to exercise more? During Lent, perhaps offer up your exercising (and subsequent suffering) for souls in Purgatory, or someone with a serious illness. Did you choose to eat more healthily? Skip eating out this Lent, and give the money you would have spent to a local food pantry or charity. Did you decide to read more? Pick up the Bible or another spiritual book and read a chapter each day in Lent!
Lastly, remember that we were created to be in community, and “where two or more are gathered in My name, there I am in their midst.” We will be greatly more successful at keeping our Lenten resolutions when we have an accountability partner! Find a friend who will walk with you this Lent, and help each other to stick with your chosen sacrifices all the way until Easter!
Better yet, don’t wait until Lent starts — let’s begin our daily commitments today!
COMMENT BELOW – What are your ideas for “Lenten resolutions?” Who will you be asking to pray and walk with you this Lent?
A patron saint of pierogies and weightlifting? St. Hyancith is one of my new favorite saints.
Weightlifting and the gym may seem to have nothing to do with our quest to be Catholic Heroes, but there’s a lot of similarities between the church and the gym.
In this episode, I talk about how gyms work and the striking resemblance the gym can have to how the church operates. Also examined are the several characters you will run into every gym and how these characters relate to church life.