So it’s the fourth week of Lent, and you’ve passed the halfway mark. You might find yourself slipping on some of those things you committed to, like not eating sweets, praying more, reading Scripture, giving up Facebook, or watching less TV. It’s ok. I’ve slipped a few times as well. The good news is that “God’s love endures forever” (Psalm 136). There’s no need to beat yourself up over it. There’s still about three weeks until Easter, so now is the time to recommit.
• Pray about it: Go to God in prayer. Ask Him to help you remain faithful to what it is you said you were going to sacrifice this Lent. By praying, you will be inviting God more into your Lenten sacrifice, as well as uniting yourself more with Christ (which is the ultimate goal). St Therese of Lisieux said, “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”
• Accountability: Find a friend that you trust. Let him or her know that you have not been faithful to your Lenten sacrifice. Share with them what your sacrifice is, and invite them to keep you accountable. Challenge them to tell you what their sacrifice is, and if they have not chosen one, invite them to do so. Keep them accountable as well.
• Find it out: Find out what the Church teaches about fasting, prayer, and almsgiving during lent. Look it up in the Bible, read about it in the Catechism, and research what the Saints say about it. If you better understand why we do these things, maybe it will be easier to do.
Remember, our Lenten sacrifice is supposed to bring us into a more intimate relationship with Christ and unite us more with his sacrifice on the cross. Consider those two things as you recommit.
Scripture References: Ex 34:28, Matt 4:2, Matt 6:16-18, Acts 13:2-3,
Catechism References: CCC 1434,1438,2043
Have a blessed Lent,