Lent is a season of prayer and penance set apart by the Church to prepare us for Easter and recall our Lord’s fast in the desert (Matt 4:1-11, Luke 4: 1-13). During this season, the whole Church voluntarily joins in the purification of her body both in the spirit and the flesh. It is a special season to seek God. Don’t let this time pass you by! Lent is also the time we are obliged to fulfill our commitments to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If you have not been to the Sacrament in a long time (say six months or more) start to prayerfully examine your conscience.
1. Voluntary Amendment of Life: Give up those things that I need to give up sooner or later, namely bad habits. My goal here is to break a bad habit for ever and Lent is a good time to do it. Examples: may be gossiping, watching too much TV, over eating, complaining, using foul language, constantly wishing for circumstances other than what God has given me, not getting out of bed promptly, etc… In this category, I am going to do:_________________________________ 2. Acts of Penance: Perform some kind of penance. My goal here is to train myself to say “no” in little things so that I can to “no” to big temptations when they come. I may resume doing the things I have given up here once Lent is over. Examples: Drinking soda, eating chocolates, watching TV, playing computer games, etc… In this category, I am going to do:_________________________________ 3. Works of Charity: Perform some good and holy action. My goal here is to strengthen my relationship with Christ and His Church. Perhaps what I start here could continue in some way even after Lent is over. Examples: pray the Rosary every day, attend daily Mass (or at least once or twice during the week), spend ______ additional time every day with my family, read the life of a saint, increase my spiritual reading in place of TV or computer time, make visits to the Blessed Sacrament. In this category, I am going to do:_________________________________
Observing Lent 1) Abstinence on all the Fridays of Lent, and on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. No meat may be eaten on days of abstinence. Catholics 14 years and older are bound to abstain from meat. Invalids, pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt. 2) Fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting means having only one full meal to maintain one's strength. Two smaller, meatless and penitential meals are permitted according to one's needs, but they should not together equal the one full meal. Eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Catholics from age 18 through age 59 are bound to fast. Again, invalids, pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt. 3) Friday Abstinence Outside of Lent. (It may be noted that Fridays throughout the year are designated days of penance according to Canon Law 1251 and contrary to much popular misunderstanding.)
You know how you wake up suddenly because a child is standing near your bed looking at you? Lydia got up early and played beauty salon, then came to show me the results. How is that for a brutal wake up call? We did not take a before picture, but she had pretty much hacked her hair to the scalp in places. I trimmed and trimmed but there wasn't much chance of saving it. There was also a spot from the fall where she had cut, and the spot the ER nurse shaved when she had staples. So... I used the clippers and gave her a boycut. Good thing she has a cute pixie face and is quite undisturbed by her close cut. (Unlike her mother who is in near hysterics.)
She actually looks adorable, though she occasionally mentions her head is cold. :)