Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lenten Game Plan

I have a daily spiritual reader, entitled The Magnificat Year of Faith Companion, and yesterday’s reading was a suggestion on what I could do for Lent.  I thought it was a great idea and I thought I would share it with you all.  

On Sundays – Lectio Divina:  Devote a half hour or so each Sunday to reading Sacred Scripture in a prayerful manner.  You might begin with one of the Gospels, or perhaps take up next Sunday’s Bible reading.

On Mondays – Meditative Prayer:  Set aside time to pray by yourself and in silence.  You might repeat peacefully the Jesus Prayer:  “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

On Tuesdays – Fasting:  Choose one day of the week each week – perhaps this day – to fast.  Offer your mortification for specific intentions.  Pray that your spiritual hunger will match your physical hunger.

On Wednesdays – Charitable Works of Mercy:  Use this day to go out of your way to care for the poor, the needy, and the lonely.  Reflect on all the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, and commit to carrying out each of them during the season of Lent.

On Thursdays – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:  Make regular Eucharistic Adoration a priority of your Lenten observance.  Bring all you prayer requests and the needs of your family and friends before the Lord’s Eucharistic presence.  Let him gaze at you in love.  

On Fridays – Study of the Faith:  Build into you Lenten Fridays choice time to study the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Start with those areas of doctrine which you need to understand better. 

On Saturdays – Confession and Mortification for Sins:  Let your Lent be marked by frequent confession.  Resolve to give up certain pleasures and conveniences during Lent as a penance for sin. 
-        Father Peter John Cameron, O.P.
Hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day and feast of St. Cyril.


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