So, we’ve got a little more than a week left of Lent and for some of us it has been the most beautiful fruitful time and for others, this has been a looong forty days. Personally, I fall into both categories. This has been such a beautiful time of God calling me closer into His heart but it’s also been a time of some major desolation and a serious testing of my free will (that I definitely did not always succeed in). I failed in my Lenten promise but I learned a lot about myself and my faith in the process. I leaned more deeply into the merciful heart of Jesus and worked to truly accept His love.
There is very little time left but what time we do have left it’s so so important that we use it to the fullest. So how can you do that? Here are some practical tips:
- Have you completely failed on your Lenten promise? That is so very okay. I know it seems like, ‘welp I failed so why even try’ but in this last week start back up on whatever it is and do it to the fullest of your abilities. Show God that you may be broken but you want to give Him everything.
- Probably the most important thing you can do before Easter Sunday is going to confession. Easter is THE highest holy day of the year and to receive the Eucharist in the purest state possible is the best thing you can do to fully accept the graces God wants to pour out on you.
- Start reflecting on the Bible passages leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus using Lectio Devina. For those of you who don’t know what it is a quick description is you read the passage three times with like a 5 minutes silent period between each time. The first time you just read it and reflect, the second time you imagine yourself in the situation and the third time you look to see what God is trying to tell you in the passage. To reflect on the time leading up to His death can help you get into the mindset of Good Friday and the fruits that will come from it will be endless.
- Receive the Eucharist at least once outside of the usual Easter Week mass schedule. On Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday try to get up earlier to go to mass or maybe even in the afternoon if your church does a 5pm mass. To work to receive the Eucharist even when you don’t have to is something that is so simple but to Jesus is one of the most profound acts of love. He wants to meet you at the altar.
- Give the rest of your Lenten season to Mary. Her heart was pierced on the day her Son was crucified and she felt the purest joy when He rose. Ask her to guide you through Holy Week, pray rosaries and ask for her intercession, and if you so choose there is a Marian consecration starting on Palm Sunday that I will be doing. If you have access to a 33 Days of Morning Glory we could do it together!!
There is only a week left but every moment counts. We are about to celebrate the greatest act of love in human history and no matter where you’re at in your life or how hard it is, just remember that our God has won the battle and we need only to live in His protection.