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Lent

Lent

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On Ash Wednesday 34 years ago during my studies for the priesthood, our seminary director of spiritual formation gave a homily during Mass that day that permanently changed my approach to the season of Lent. The gist of his remarks were that we typically focus on what WE do during Lent:  the traditional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  While these are important, they are only meant to serve as an instrument for us to be attentive to something else: What does GOD want to do in us during this holy season?

When the focus is on what we do, we can be tempted to be proud of ourselves for what we accomplished if we adhere faithfully to our Lenten practices. Or, conversely, we can despair if we fail to observe our Lenten resolutions.

In doing so, we miss the point of what the season of Lent is all about. And so, while what we do is important, may we see it as only a pathway to help attune our hearts to the movement of the Holy Spirit within us and among us during these 40 days of Lent. How is the Holy Spirit seeking to empower us to embrace more fully the call we have been given as beloved children of God and disciples of Jesus?

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Click on the printable calendar to see what Lenten activities are happening right here at St. B's.  Write down your own Lenten goals and pray for specific St. B's intentions each week. .

Join others around the diocese stand for life.  Through prayer, fasting, and vigils, join Diocesan efforts to ask for God’s intervention to end abortion.  15,256 babies have been saved since 2007 during 40 Days for Life campaigns.  Prayer vigils in front of abortion clinics are planned in four locations in San Diego County during lent. For more information see 40daysforlife.com

What are other opportunities for Lent as I prepare for Easter?

There are so many ways to have the best Lent ever - devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting.  Explore the resources below and find some that work for you and the whole family.  

  • Daily emails - from Dynamic Catholic guide you on an incredible journey towards the best-version-of-yourself from Ash Wednesday to Easter.
  • Resources from the USCCB - including prayers, videos, an interactive Lenten calendar and more
  • FORMED Resources - 
    • Videos, movies, podcasts and more from FORMED for the whole family
    • Book Club featuring Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week written by Pope Emeritus Benedict featuring live event and discussion groups
  • Did You Know articles from The Way (bulletin) written by Deacon Chris - 40 Days of Lent, Pray Fast Give
  • Missionary Discipleship articles from The Way: What does God want to do in you during this Lent?, Exploring God's Love through Prayer, Fasting as a Pathway to Spiritual Freedom 
  • Gospel Reflections from The Way: March 10, March 17, March 24
  • So this Lent consider these practical ways to journey through the Lenten season:
    • Reflect on the readings before Mass
    • Do a random act of kindness every day 
    • Give something up
      • Check out some ideas for negative behaviors to fast from and positive behaviors to feast on here
    • Attend Stations of the Cross (at St. B's each Friday during Lent at 4 and 6 pm) 
    • Serve at St. B's, the community or the world
    • Make a donation to St. B's, the ACA fund or a charity close to your heart
    • Pray for friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, strangers and our world
    • Consider the ways in which you might grow closer to God
  • Share your journey through Lent on social media. Follow us on social media, download one of the social media frames below, and/or join our photo-a-day challenge

  

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Learn more about Lent in this 3-minute video by Busted Halo