February 14, 2007

Desperately Seeking Lenten Discipline

Ash Wednesday is next week and I STILL can't decide what my Lenten disciplines should be in A.D. 2007.

I'm seeking suggestions from my blog readers. Or, perhaps, let me know what you are planning to do.

This is what I did last year which was my first, actually Catholic Lent in 37 years:

* Frequent Adoration
* Gave up ice cream
* Prayed the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary every day.
* Mass attendance as often as I could.
* Fasted and Abstained from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday
* Abstained from meat on Fridays
* Confession (I think I went at least 4 times. Including twice in 24 hours!)
* Meditated upon the Seven Last Words of Christ.
* Benediction and Stations of the Cross every Friday
* Assisted with Lenten Soup Supper at my parish.

For A.D. 2007, I am already committed to assisting with my parish's Lenten Soup Suppers. On the Fridays I'm assisting with the Soup Suppers, I'll be at the Benediction and Stations of the Cross devotion afterwards. This year, I was asked to lead one of the Soup Suppers. I said yes.

I already know this Lent will be special for me. I'm on track to be Confirmed. I'm taking classes from Fr. Robert Altier so you know they are good (ME taking classes from Fr. Altier. You're right, I can't believe it either!). I think I will be Confirmed on Holy Saturday but I'm not quite sure about the date yet.

Suggestions? Anyone, anyone? Bueller, Bueller?


Blogger Adoro te Devote said...

I so wish I could be at your confirmation. So I'll be there in spirit, my friend. That night I'll be seeing my first RCIA class recieve their sacraments, and I'll be sponsoring one of them.

What a blessing we have in the Church!

It just makes me want to cry (joyfully!)

I don't know for certain what I'm doing for lent, either. I think I might be giving up Digital Cable. I've decided to wait and see if I'm only going to switch to broadband internet...waiting to see if it's necessary right now for my class.

If it isn't, the cable box and remote "go away" and I'll spend more time listening to music, praying, will be doing required spiritual readign (for class), and giving up various things like ordering pizza. That means I have to order pizza sometime this weekend, likely Sunday when I get home from Class.

February 14, 2007 3:38 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

I dasn't be presumptuous, as my Mom might have said, so as to suggest penances for friend such as you, or foe.

But p'raps a quick scan of Jayne's So Many Devotions . . . So Little Time blog might be in order for those searching for an appropriate Lentan penance.

I also came across a book at my workplace entitled Treasury of Novenas.

In 40 days or so, you could handle at least four novenas with a few days to spare. That could give you exposure to ones you have not made before.

[Editorial note: I thought that when I got DSL I would no longer have difficulty with Bloggers word verification system. I am about to make my third attempt at sending this comment.]

February 14, 2007 4:22 PM  
Blogger Histor the Wise said...

I would suggest you try and read one of those big devotional books. Something like "Divine Intimacy" or "Dark Night of the Soul."

It will either be a) a penance or b) spiritually beneficial.

Hey, now I know what I'll give up!

February 14, 2007 4:24 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Here's Jayne's address:


February 14, 2007 4:29 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Adoro: I'm not 100% sure my Confirmation will be Holy Saturday so, there may still be an opportunity for you to be there. In any case, I'll take photos.

Ray: Good idea. Jayne's blog always has good stuff.

Histor: If I'm reading you right, what you are giving up sounds like a good plan!

February 14, 2007 5:13 PM  
Blogger Adoro te Devote said...

You're going to take photos of yourself? :-)

February 14, 2007 5:36 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Cathy - Allow yourself to be used. Allow yourself to be misunderstood. Allow yourself to be ignored. Allow yourself to be taught.

And then, reach out to those who have this done to them everyday - even if it is just a smile or a short prayer for them.

And finally, allow yourself to be loved, and quietly remain in His presence continually - not just at times of prayer - but in every activity, or rest, throughout the day.

It will be a profitable lent if you can accomplish that. Don't think so much of what "you can do".

February 14, 2007 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Naomi said...

The hardest one I ever tried was not buying books or magazines for Lent, instead reading what I already had at home.

February 14, 2007 11:11 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Terry: Wow.

naomi: That would be hard for me too.

Adoro: You goofball. Well, I think my sponsor with be there and my Dad. Maybe a few other people...

February 15, 2007 4:41 AM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

If I can work you into my busy schedule, Cathy, I'll be there. [gr]

February 15, 2007 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lessons from Fr. Altier!!
You are in a privileged class.

Ave Maria!

February 15, 2007 2:15 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I would suggest the Stations of the cross as frequently as possible
you can order them on cd at

February 15, 2007 5:22 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

God bless you on your confirmation!

February 15, 2007 5:36 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

anonymous: I know.

Christine: Thanks!

February 15, 2007 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you fast from your favorite foods, maybe the money you could have spent on them could be donated to the Church or one of the Church's charities?

Maybe you could also fast on being indiscriminately angry (if you're the type) and instead be angry when the 'rights' of God and/or our Blessed Mother are being impugned?

God blesses you.

February 16, 2007 3:01 AM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

I always forget about Wikipedia, but when read with caution (see my comment over at Adoro's post on St George Books), it can be great.

Anyhow, it is too late, but next year you might wnat to celebrate the Eastern Orthodox's "Great Lent."


It includes things like:

Next comes Meatfare Sunday (its proper name in the typikon is Sunday of the Last Judgement), the last day to eat meat before Pascha. It is followed by Cheesefare Sunday (its proper name is Sunday of Forgiveness), the last day to eat dairy products before Pascha; on this Sunday, Eastern Christians identify with Adam and Eve, and forgive each other in order to obtain forgiveness from God, typically in a Forgiveness Vespers service that Sunday evening. It is during Forgiveness Vespers that the decor of the church is changed to reflect a penitential mood.

And just going to Wikipedia for Lent will have all kinds of other things you can do this year.

February 16, 2007 7:55 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ray: I thought Septuagisima Sunday, Quadragisima etc. was a lot for me to digest, you've just raised the bar and beat me over the head with it!

anonymous: I like your idea.

February 16, 2007 11:57 AM  

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