Us crazy Catholics, we love us some Lent. Seriously, I love Lent, there I said it! You may be asking yourself how could she love Lent? It’s such a sorrow filled time of reflection in the liturgical year. Catholics stop singing the “Alleluia” before the gospel reading at mass for 6 weeks, how can this be a good thing?
The truth is, Lent can be one of the most deeply-spiritual, joy-filled seasons the church offers us.
How many times have you heard someone say they were going to give up chocolate for Lent and thought, “really, that’s lame?” What’s the point, how hard can it be to refrain from eating chocolate? That’s not even a sacrifice.
Well, sister, I’m curious do you happen to be a sweet tooth, chocolate-loving girl? If you are, game on. I dare you to attempt sacrificing your chocolatey vice of choice for six weeks. We all have different ways of coping with stress, calming cravings or self-medicating to get through that emotional blurp on our radar. Maybe for you, it wouldn’t be chocolate, maybe it’s that glass of wine after the kids are tucked in bed, or maybe it’s a Netflix binge. Perhaps it’s to much time spent scrolling facebook in order to avoid real life, with all of its frustrations and struggles. Sometimes, we even choose mindless activities in order to avoid engaging one on one with loved ones because we’re just not up for the task of engaging.
Let’s get real about Lent, it’s an invitation to surrender our hearts through small sacrifices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, in order to draw closer to the heart of God, period! When we take even the smallest of steps toward the heart of God, He multiplies our effort and showers us with blessings.
When we commit to fasting and prayer, we create space and silence that has the potential to be filled with God himself. Lent invites us to make the choice, with our free will, to abstain from some of our go-to comforts in order to make room for God to reveal himself to us. The better we know HIM the better we will know ourselves and understand our purpose.
It’s pretty simple.
Is there an area of my life that I currently choose a vice or comfort to fill a void in my heart, mind, or appetite? If so, am I willing to sacrifice it for the next 40 days in order to make more room for God?
Am I willing to give HIM that last little plot of real estate in my heart that will allow HIM to transform me just a little bit more into his image?
Giving up processed sugar brings me to my knees. Maybe sugar isn’t the thing you rely on to give you that little boost when you’re physically or mentally drained, rather than going to God. If your not sure what God is asking of you during this Lenten season, just ask HIM to show you, HE will.
Fasting, prayer, and almsgiving are biblical, beautiful, and can bear fruit beyond your wildest dreams.
Take a look at this short video reflection from Dynamic Catholic about all that can happen in 40 days!
Here are a few of my go to scriptures during Lent:
“Even now” Declares the Lord “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping and mourning.”
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
7 “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened
I would love to hear what you’re doing during this season of Lent to draw closer to God. Share a comment below!