The inspirational newsletter Apple Seeds shared the following reflection from EWTN.com about what to give up for Lent this year:
“Give up complaining—focus on gratitude.
“Give up pessimism—become an optimist.
“Give up harsh judgments—think kindly thoughts.
“Give up worry—trust Divine Providence.
“Give up discouragement—be full of hope.
“Give up bitterness—turn to forgiveness.
“Give up hatred—return good for evil.
“Give up pettiness—become mature.
“Give up jealousy—pray for trust.
“Give up gossiping—control your tongue.
“Give up sin—turn to virtue.
“Give up giving up—hang in there!”
Don’t be daunted by any of these goals. Just ask Jesus to be your support as you become the person He created you to be.
Bear fruit worthy of repentance. (Matthew 3:8)
Help me grow closer to You, Jesus.