Lenten Wisdom Guided by the Holy Spirit
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February 22 - Ash Wednesday
Set aside 15 minutes where you sit in complete silence waiting on His Word.
Calling for Reconciliation: Get in touch with that one person who hurt you. Make amends this Lent.
Give freely: Support a parish in Ukraine.
Family First: This Lenten season, commit to going for Sunday Mass together as a family.
Be smarter than your phone: Try limiting the use of electronic devices. Actively communicate with your family. ‘Face-time’ with them in real time.
Adore: Spend more time before the Blessed Sacrament.
Be a helping hand: Make time today to do chores for someone else.
Give compliments: Avoid being judgmental and critical. Genuinely compliment and encourage each person you speak to today.
Right a wrong: Today, try and fix a mistake you once made. It could mean doing something nice for someone your hurt, paying back for something you accidently broke or anything that comes to mind.
Visit with love: Call a housebound relative or neighbor and set an appointment to meet them during the week. This task is only complete when you follow up and ‘be there.’
Feed the hungry: Pack an extra sandwich or some cash and hand it to someone in need.
Listen with your heart: Speak to someone you know is going through a rough time. If you can’t help them, at least let them know you care.
Save fuel: Reduce your carbon footprint today by sharing a ride, taking the stairs and walking short distances.
Care for Her: As you whisper a prayer for all the women in your life, call those you can and let them know why you are grateful.
Stop swearing: Today, let’s make it our mission not to use any abusive language or bad words.
Tune in to Catholic Channels: Spend some time reflecting on a YouTube video prepared by a Catholic priest, or organization. You just might find the answer you seek.
Joke’s on you: Treat with respect the one person your group always pokes fun at. Do not belittle anyone, instead build them up.
Catch up: Pick a challenge you missed and give it a go today. If you’ve been faithful all along, we urge you to pick a random one and give that a shot again.
Pray it, don’t say it: Spend time carefully reflecting on each word of your daily prayers.
Care and comfort: Whether it’s by giving them a listening ear or taking them out for a mea, reach out to someone who’s trying to cope with the loss of a loved one and show them you care.
Family Ties: Gather your family and read a chapter of the Bible together. Discuss it. If you already practice this consider watching a faith-based movie together.
Power saver on: Do a little more to save electricity today. Switch off lights, PCs and chargers when not in use.
Abstain from something that is “dear” and offer it is a sacrifice for someone in-need.
Delve into Spiritual Reading other than the Bible.
Eye Cleanse: Do not download or react to any messages that are explicit in nature. Keep away from obscene jokes and videos.
Avoid food wastage: Eat leftovers. Buy or cook just as much as you need. Do not throw away food. Creatively recycle.
Gift faith: Gift a Catholic Child, something that teaches the faith. It could be a Biblical coloring book, a rosary or even a scapular.
Long Distance Connection: Get in touch with someone who has moved away from their home for work or studies and let them know you are thinking about them.
Learn by heart, some verses of the Bible and make it a personal prayer.
Honest introspection: Let’s take an honest look at ourselves and write down our faults as we humbly acknowledge our mistakes while asking for God’s pardon.
Make your best Confession yet: Be true to yourself, be bold enough to humbly admit your worst and open your heart to God’s mercy and grace.
Secret Surprise: Surprise a homebound person by paying them a visit or dropping off some goodies at their home.
Upcycle: Give an old pair of clothes or container you have lying around a new life. Google ways to upcycle clothes, bottles etc. and commit to working on at least one project.
Bring a person(s) closer to Christ/Church.
Be like Simon of Cyrene: Encourage your friends to grow in faith by inviting them to a prayerful event.
Respectfully yours: Put aside your criticism and thank you Animators, Councilors, Priests and all those who give time to build the Church.
Clean Up: Declutter, pick up after yourself and do something to clean up around you.
A difficult smile: Know someone who finds it hard to laugh? Make it your mission to bring a smile to their face today.
Save water: Don’t leave the water running while, shaving, brushing, bathing and scrubbing dishes. Find and implement other creative ways to save water.
Help the homebound or sick: Help a homebound person attend the Holy Week services, or spend a while with them each day telling them about the service in church.
Humble yourself: Today take a moment to do something nice for your maid, the one who collects your garbage, or anyone whose service is usually unnoticed.
Pray for the departed: Pray for those who are no longer with us and entrust them to the loving arms of our Heavenly Father.
Evaluate your Lenten Life for at least 10 minutes.