>Lent-O-Rama

>I can say that, can’t I??
That’s not too frivolous, is it?

I mean, this is a somber season….but it’s still in front of us and it’s almost Mardi Gras folks….so I’m running with it. Carnivale, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras. It’s all about the feast and the fest, you know – the pancakes – until Wednesday that is.

Because Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and its’ the beginning of Lent. And as I’m feeling it starting to press toward me, I am riffling through my lenten resources and ideas, prodding friends and family for their thoughts and ideas and being a general pest.

So, because I’m stewing about this, I’m posting. And if you want to shortcut this post and go to the mother of all lent round ups, go here, to Aggie Catholics and their yearly “one stop shop” for all things lent. You can also go here, to Sister Mary Martha, for her usual clear eyed, cut to the chase info on lent; what it is and shouldn’t be. Worth a peek, there.

Now I always like to plan on some spiritual reading during lent. No kidding, I do. Now, that plan often gets derailed, but really, I try, I do. TO that end, my list from last year, bookwise, still stands, go see…lots of good ones there.

Now, if I had to pick one or two…..and I might…I would recommend you look at these. The first one is a big bite to chew, um, read. It is dense and one of those books where you have to put it down every few pages to, um, digest it all. But, oh so worth the time:

Fire Within by Thomas Dubay : One of the best books I’ve read, especially for Lent. Deep, challenging, powerful stuff. One of the ones at the top of my list of great books, for years and years.
The second top of the chart lenten good reads is below. I’ve given this book out a number of times and it’s just a good retreat in a book, and great for retrackign your conception of the term “love.”

I Believe in Love, : Great book, a mini retreat in a book. Very powerful. Simple but very good. Don’t be put off by the simple title, it is still full of deep richness to dive into, especially this time of year. Because lent is exactly that, a time to declare our love…for others, and Christ (Not ourselves, like we/I usually do).
Ok, that’s it for the moment. I also have thoughts about things to add to your/my lenten observance, the really rich part of lent, in my book: confession, stations of the cross, devotions…

I actually really like lent and this whole season – even as I kind of brace for it. It’s a bit like setting out to train for a marathon or a half: you know it’s gonna be oh so difficult and probably painful, but you also know that you will be glad for the training, discipline and strength that results.

Hmmm. I am still pondering and pestering everyone quite a bit about that whole fasting part of lent, but if you all have any ideas or thoughts on it all, I would love to hear them. and when I can steal another few moments I will try to post some good links on it all. Great stuff out there on fasting, prayer, all the richness of the Lenten season. But until then I’m asking around about folks Lenten observances.

And now I am stepping it up to the cyber pest level. So, are you observing lent? If so, how?

3 thoughts on “>Lent-O-Rama

  1. >Every year I try to look at the three areas of Lent — prayer, fasting, almsgiving — and decide on how to approach each one… I always fast from all desserts, chocolate, alcohol, and pretty much anything celebratory in the food department. This year I may take Sunday off from email and the computer. I also fast from all unnecessary spending/shopping. Prayer is the tough one for me as I'm so darn inconsistent. This year, I think I'm going to get back to praying with Scripture each day and a rosary each day. I try and do a Holy hour or Stations on Fridays but it doesn't always happen so we'll see… Almsgiving — we usually make some extra gifts to organizations/people doing great work, as well as our church. This year it's going to be tough because we're trying to save for our trip to pick up our kids sometime this year. Does that count for almsgiving?? 🙂 Like you, I usually choose some spiritual reading. This year I'm going to do something different and read a book of fiction I got for Christmas about St. John the Evangelist, written by Brooks Hansen. One of the best parts of Lent is that we teach RCIA so it's the final stage of preparation for the candidates and catechumens and it's so amazing to walk with them to the Easter Vigil.

  2. >I will continue to read Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, continue to remember the Passion of Jesus at 3:00 p.m., daily. AND:) hopefully, our family, will nightly begin to teach our children the Divine Mercy Chaplet.If you have not read the book written by St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, I would only, humbly, suggest…..just do it:)! If you have read it then you know how much Jesus' love and mercy are reavealed through the Divine Mercy Chaplet. I, also remember you sharing about the Stations of the Cross. Jesus asks St. Maria Faustina to pray the Stations at three o'clock if possible, if I'm remembering correctly:) the book is huge, and, really, I read it daily in the carpool line, about 20minutes daily, but, honestly, my mind, heart and Soul could contain no more than that, because the words shared are so Rich and thought provoking, that, I, honestly use the Diary as a devotional. I thought of higlighting portions of the book that were speaking to me, but, really, the whole book speaks to me:)I've also picked up a mini version:), kind of a devotional, with daily morsels of St. Maria Faustina's Diary writings,the diay was written at the request of Jesus!! For all you bloggers out there, I just now realized how Jesus told St. Maria Faustina that she was chosen as His secretary here on earth and will also be the secretary in Heaven…..Many of God's Blessings be poured over you family as you journey through this Lenten season.

  3. >OK Michele…a rather unusual lent from your unusual friend. I am going to give up whinning. I know this seems rather small, but from someone who has been a perenial whinner as of late, well, it's pretty big. I read YOUR son's blog regarding climbing those stairs on his knees and realizing that it was his "little way" of suffering with Christ and decided that I had been given this suffering and had not treated it as a gift of growth as it is probably intended. So, no more whinning…and on that note, I will read Mother Theresas book about her days of darkness and lack of faith. Otherwise, I will try to do the stations and confession…argh…still have trouble with that one. But more important…I am going to try to live in EACH moment and stop worrying about the ones to come. That's all I've got….not very original but hopefully it will help me to clearly see what God wants me to do.

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