Lent is on its way! Here are three ideas to get you started.

Lent is on its way! Here are three ideas to get you started. February 19, 2014

You guys. Lent starts March 5. There has been a lot of ordinary time since the end of Christmas, so there is actually some time to prepare something this year, no excuses!  Here are three good places to start:


From the wonderful Fr. Robert Barron of Word on Fire:


Just enter your email address and you will get a daily email starting on Ash Wednesday.  You can tell Fr. Barron is great because all the right people think he’s the worst thing to happen to the Church since children stopped receiving mandatory preemptive whuppins in Latin before Mass on Sunday mornings.
From Kendra at Catholic All Year:



I am a sucker for anything that can be personalized, so I love this list:  it offers ideas for “beginner, intermediate, and advanced” Lenten practices.  Some of them, I feel super duper because we’re already doing them, and it’s not even Lent!  But some of them, I’d rather die than do, even if I were already dying and had to shape up quick. So I guess I need this list.


And also by Kendra Tierney, with Ignatius Press and Magnificat (which I guess is Magnatius? I’m not sure if that’s a joke or not!), for kids prepping for their first confession:


Just got two copies in the mail today (thanks, Magnatius!), so I will be raffling off one on Friday – stay tuned! I do have a kid who is about six weeks away from her first confession, and we have . . . let us say . . . some progress still to be made.  Which is to say I’m going to demonstrate what a mortal sin is if he doesn’t quit giving me such a hard time about catechism lessons. Whuppins!!  Whuppins in Latin.  But seriously, this book looks very good and solid.  Will give a more complete review with the raffle on Friday.


Okay, that’s what I’ve got so far. I have given zero thought to what my own personal devotions or sacrifices should be this year. Probably something about Facebook. Dammit. How about you?

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  • I’m going to directly attack my problem with Gluttony, with an aim to living long enough to set my special needs son up in business before he is 35.

    Which means I need to live 25 more years, or until I’m 68. Right now, there is some doubt- I’m still pretty healthy, but I’m carrying 140 lbs more weight than I should, I’m on a CPAP machine at night, and my last lipid panel came in with high Triglycerides and low AHDL. At 43, this is beginning to cause me skeletal problems that are preventing me from exercising.

    • I’m thinking of trying to do some version of the Mediterranean Diet for Lent– although I do need to lose a lot of weight, I probably won’t weigh in at all as part of my penance. My real goal is to try and acquire the temperance and obedience I feel especially deficient in. Hopefully my cholesterol levels will benefit as well, but my thinking is that growing in the necessary virtues first will give me the needed tools to tweak things further after Lent as needed for blood work improvement, dropping pounds, etc.

  • Blobee

    stop cursing (i.e. Dammit). 🙂

  • Jeannine4382

    It was either Candy Crush (many wasted hours) or speeding (better, safer habit). I chose to give up speeding. I can always throw in a Candy Crush fast here and there.

  • Lynn Wright

    Simcha, I laughed til I cried at this post. Thanks. 🙂

  • jen

    Probably going to do some spiritual blogging.

  • Karyn

    I’m going gluten-free and I’m giving up blog reading. Nothing personal, I just spend way too much time reading about the lives of people I don’t know in “real” life and not enough time reading the books I want to. As for facebook, I gave it up for Lent a couple of years ago and never went back to it.

  • Whuppins! Ahahahaha!

    Kendra is in my homeschool group and very kindly loaned me her book before it was published (Don’t tell Magnatius!) because my daughter received her First Reconciliation in January. Loved it. The best thing, IMO is that it isn’t specific to first confession and can be used by all children, and even adults.

    I think I’m going to avoid all food-related sacrifices (other than Friday fasting and abstaining) because even with the best intentions, my desire to lose weight sneaks in there. My plan for a super-easy Lent is to not raise my voice.

  • Ezbs

    Not raising my voice sounds good. I think my children will think I’m ill or something. And it will involve me biting my knuckles-alot.

    Not swearing also.

    My 5 year old gave up junk food last year. All I heard everyday was “how many more days till I can eat McDonalds?” If she does it this year, ill have to chew my knuckles off.

  • richard

    On the physical side I plan to stop using creamer and sweetener in my coffee as a way of disciplining the palate. On the spiritual side I will try to focus more on the words of the Rosary.

  • Ellen

    I am not entirely sure on what I will be giving up for lent this year, certain foods always come to mind. But this year, I think I will try something different-to change a habit or lifestyle. I need to declutter things in my life. Not just my apartment with excess material things that take up space and I have no use for, but also things in my life that are counter productively taking up my time, such as Facebook and watching DVDs. If I take out or even limit the number of times per week on those things, I would be able to make more time for other things, such as going to the gym, or another that I fell away from, praying and using my Rosary.

    At the Catholic Church that I go to has always emphasized that to give up something for lent is not to make a temporary change, but a more permanent one. One of the priests as well as our RCIA director even asked, what is the point of giving up something for lent, such as soda pop for 40 days, only to go back to the same exact habit without any real change or difference in our lives?