The Lenten season is fast approaching! And yes, Lent is a time of penitence and fasting, but it can also be a time of spiritual growth and renewal. When we let go of the worldly things we’ve been holding onto a little too tightly, we allow space for God to enter in and transform us. Lent is a wonderful opportunity to grow in patience, perseverance, and holiness, and a much-needed reminder that a little suffering can be good for us. Below are some suggestions for ways to make your Lent more fruitful.
Devotionals and Book Studies
There are so many amazing Lenten devotionals and book studies available this year! Blessed is She just came out with a new devotional/journal for 2020 called Here, Too: Where We Meet God. The lovely ladies over at the Abiding Together Podcast are going to be reading and discussing Henri Nouwen’s The Return of the Prodigal Son. There are two Lenten devotionals (which I believe were not written with any particular year in mind) from Take Up and Read as well: Above All and Hosanna.
Give Something Up, Add Something New
While most people are familiar with the idea of giving something up for Lent, adding something is a little less common but can be just as beneficial. Think of it like replacing a bad habit with something good. Then, when Lent is over, you might even decide to keep up your new practice. My suggestion if you’re feeling a little daunted would be to pick one thing to give up and one thing to add. Meg and Kendra have some great ideas.
Explore a New Way to Pray
Lent is a great time to try out some new methods of prayer. And who knows, maybe you’ll find a new favorite! The best way to do this is to set aside some dedicated prayer time each day. This will allow you to start building a habit of prayer. Some ideas are the daily readings, the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Liturgy of Hours, the Chaplet of Adoration and Reparation, devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary, the list is endless…