February 07, 2008

Lenten Plan

Here's my plan for Lent:

*Prayer each day (sounds like a "d'oh" but I struggle with this)
*Spiritual reading (I just purchased several new books. I doubt I will get thru all of them during Lent but I'll get a start.)
*Spend one hour each week in Eucharistic Adoration
*Follow the fast and abstinence requirements
*Pray for an end to abortion (I'll be participating in the 40 Days for Life campaign)
*Participate in Stations of the Cross each Friday
*Take Good Friday as a personal day off from work
*Give money to a homeless person
*Pray for those entering the Church at the Easter Vigil
*Pray that those who have separated themselves from Holy Church will return

That's me. You?

May God look with favor upon your Lenten journey!


Blogger Vincenzo said...

"*Spiritual reading (I just purchased several new books. I doubt I will get thru all of them during Lent but I'll get a start.)"

What books did you get?

February 07, 2008 11:23 AM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

I just hope to keep the fasting and abstinence rules. Like I mentioned the other night, after I go to confession at St. A's, I pray I make it to the light on Dale and Thomas before I commit another sin. Yesterday, I prayed to make it through the day without breaking the fasting part. I'm so terrible at that! I got up and forgot about it being Ash Wednesday and grabbed two handfuls of Fruit Loops (which we NEVER have in the house, but had this one time just to tempt me). Obviously, things started off badly. Made it through the rest of the day until I made some bread. My son asked for a piece, so I cut him a small slice and then cut one for myself and husband. I bring the slice to my husband and ask him to try it, since I had never made it before, while I'm woofing down my slice with a glass of milk. He looks at me aghast and says "IT'S ASH WEDNESDAY!!!" Oops. I hope to just to what I'm supposed to do well and to the best of my ability, like you say...pray each day, go to Adoration, not eat dumb things when I'm not supposed to, etc!

Yeah, what books are you reading?

February 07, 2008 1:35 PM  
Blogger Sanctus Belle said...

I so struggle with what to give up! I have a tendency to DO more instead of focusing on giving up. That is probably not a good thing. I plan to make 40 rosaries for the 40 days of Lent and give them away somewhere, I plan to say the rosary every day and the Rosary of Mary's Sorrows at least 3 times a week and my husband and I are pilgrimmaging to the Basilica of Mary's Sorrows in Chicago. I am giving up meat for all lent...will try to make the stations...I am so busy to keep track of it all!

February 07, 2008 3:54 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Sanctus: I know what you mean about busy. I have my plan for Lent but I don't always follow thru. I try to do a mid-Lent check. I like your 40 Rosaries plan! Please post on your blog about your pilgimage!

Swissmiss: Well...:-) A wise priest told me to start fresh each day. Thank God for your hubby! :-)

Swissmiss and Vincenzo: I bought: Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross, Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila, Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis and Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales. All works I've long wanted to read. I know if I will be lucky to finish one. I don't have a lot of spare time to read like I used to. *sigh* I'm not sure which one I will start with.

February 07, 2008 7:47 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

--daily Bible reading
--Lenten reading: The Confessions, The Passion of Christ as told by the 4 Evangelists (Thomas a Kempis), Lent and Easter with Pope John Paul II
--rosary (hopefully daily)
--attend Mass at least once during the week.
--follow the fast and abstinence guidelines.

February 07, 2008 7:59 PM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

One person in the house is giving up food.

One person in the house is giving up meat.

One person in the house is only having their coffee black.

I have given up penance and mortification.

February 07, 2008 9:36 PM  
Blogger Tom in Vegas said...

Nice post, Cathy. Wonderful commitments on your part. It would do me a great deal of good to follow in your footsteps.

February 07, 2008 10:48 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Emily: Great list!

Redneck: I'm not sure what to make of that.

Tom: Blaze your own trail! Do what you can. Even if it's just the bare minimum: Mass on Holy Days, Fast on Friday, Fast and Abstinence on good Friday. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving-those are all the keys to a sucessful Lent. Is it easy? No. Is it necessary? I believe so. :-)

February 08, 2008 6:18 AM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Swiss: Thomas and Dale? That's three blocks. I generally have a problem in the parking lot.

Cathy: "Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross, Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila, Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis and Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales." That's about five years reading for me.

For probably the first time in my life, I'm going to really get serious about Lentan resolutions. Fast and Abstainance, big time. Daily Rosary, etc.

The other day when I was posting some Lentan schedules, when I came to the St Helena's (close to me) Stations' schedule, I figured, "Nah, their kneelers are too hard and my arthritic knees don't take well to all that genuflecting." Just about that time, somebody on Relevant Radio mentioned that the Stations are to remind us of Our Lord's suffering for us. I was absolutely mortified.

I'll be at St Helena's tonight (they have great speakers afterwards, too), and you can bet, the rest of the Fridays in Lent.

Cathy: I like your "start each day fresh" ideas. I already have had a couple of "venial" lapses in my resolutions, but I am committed to remake them.

February 08, 2008 1:43 PM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...


Neither am I! But it has made meal planning interesting, at least.

Lets pray for one another's lenten diciplines to be fruitful, and a source of joy.

February 08, 2008 3:18 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ray: I know. I was griping when St. Augustine had no cushion at their altar rail yet (it's there now) so you had to kneel right on the marble (ouch). Then, I decided to shut up and offer it up to the Cross. (For those unfamiliar with this area, the parish of St. Augustine in South St. Paul has a TLM and Communion is only distributed kneeling at the altar rail)

A wise priest gave me the idea about starting fresh each day. I take no credit for it!

Redneck: I will, brother.

February 08, 2008 8:48 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...


I made it over to St Helena's and prayed for patience and "comfort" and did right fine. Last year, I think I only attended once. I think I'll be able to do them all this year.

I ran into Mitchell and Judith (Our Word grand poobahs) there and we chatted for a bit.

February 08, 2008 9:25 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

That's great, Ray! I hope Mitchell and Judith are well.

February 09, 2008 4:11 PM  

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