Daily Lenten Meditations!
Today we as a Church begin the discipline of Lent! I personally love the Season of Lent as it is a holy time to more reflectively look inwardly! Here’s some resources and tips that I like to follow to have an even more holy Lent!
- Out of my library I like to get back out a book entitled “Daily Lenten Meditations from Pope John Paul II. I like to take time each day to prayerfully read the daily meditation. The Psalm for the day to reflect on is Psalm 50 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” As I go through the day, I like to remember that psalm. Lord put that “right spirit within me!”.
- I like to pick up reading each day from the Imitation of Christ, from Thomas a Kempis. It is set up for a daily reflection.
- As a priest, each day I begin with Morning Prayer and continue with Evening Prayer and end with Night Prayer. You can also do this at home with E breviary. I am kind of old fashioned and I the same 4 volume set that I got in the Seminary.
- A holy hour each day before the Blessed Sacrament. Remember that our church is open from 6am until 9pm daily. Our Blessed Sacrament Chapel is open 24 hours a day.
- Frequent Confession.
- Giving something up for Lent that is difficult.
- I also try to pick something up to do during Lent – Some Charitable act each day done privately for the benefit of others.
As Pope John Paul II reminded us in today’s reading from his book “The journey to which Lent invites takes place above all in prayer… Christian communities must become authentic “schools of prayer” in these weeks.
Have a great Ash Wednesday and a Holy Lent!