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A Penitential Season

A blessed Ash Wednesday and Lent to you. It is the time of the year when Catholics begin their Lenten fasts to help them live a better, holier, and fruitful life. It is also the time of year when many give up various internet activities though I hope reading my blog isn’t one of them.

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Lent has always been exciting for me. I’ve never been one to make New Years Resolutions because I usually give up after the first week, but Lent is different. There is something about giving up something for the glory of God that inspires me to continue and persevere. I admit that come Easter Sunday, I usually over indulge on whatever it was that I gave up, but the sacrifice has taught me that I didn’t need whatever it was that I was giving up. After all, if you can live without something for 40 days, there is a good chance that you don’t need it to live at all.

But there are many earthly pleasures in this life that we really don’t need in order to live a happy life, let alone to survive, but we have fooled ourselves into thinking that what we are indulging in brings us happiness and joy, yet it only fills an emptiness within ourselves that can only be filled by Jesus Christ. This hole only grows if we do not fill it with prayer, fasting, penance, almsgiving, and works.

As St. Augustine says “our hearts are restless until they rest in you” and there is much wisdom in this. As God created us to worship Him and only Him, we will not be at peace until we put God above all persons and things.

This Lent, place your heart in Our Lord’s most sacred hands and allow Him to fill your heart with His love and peace. May your Lent be prayerful and fruitful.

Jeff February 10, 2016 Leave A Comment Permalink

Ash Wednesday and Lenten Offerings 2013

Reminder. Today is Ash Wednesday. A day of fasting and abstinence. Fasting as in 2 small meals and 1 normal meal. Abstinence as in no meat.

For Lent, I am doing very similar to what I did last year. I am doing the 17 Day Diet (no sugar, pop, red meat, non-whole grain, etc). I wrote about it more in depth last year. I am also doing P90-X again.
Sadly, after the wedding, I never got back into the groove of being healthy, and I so miss the energy I had. Not to mention, I didn’t realize it until around Christmas, but I hadn’t had a migraine in a very long time and my headaches had pretty much gone away. I also wasn’t nearly as sick either. Clearly, it worked, and this time I intend to stay healthy. I won’t be one of those health nuts where I won’t even touch sugar (hopefully (I just want to be able to consume within moderation), but, I feel that I need to be much healthier.
Stay strong and vigilant this Lent. Offer something up, and stick to it. Don’t cheat. You can do it.
St. Michael the Archangel, Defend us in battle…

Jeff February 13, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

Lent Starts Wednesday

I was going to write this up originally as my main article this week. But, bigger news more or less bumped this one down to less priority (though still somewhat urgent).

So, for those of you who have forgotten, or maybe were hoping to not remember, or just trying to not even think about, Lent begins this Wednesday, Ash Wednesday.

As a reminder, this is a day that we are called to fast and abstinence. I write about this every year, but here’s my best write up of it. In short, fasting is when you only have 2 small meals and 1 normal size meal. We are also to abstain from meat. Like I said, I go into more detail at the above link.

I’ll post what I’m giving up for Lent tomorrow or on Ash Wednesday. Obviously, Pope Benedict’s retirement is going to be taking up quite a bit more time.

Jeff February 11, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

Lenten Plans 2012

So, Lent is finally among us yet again. Its that time of year that I have a love/hate relationship with. I love Lent because it allows me to take control of my life once again. I give up a lot of things that I have determined to be not good for me, and I overall become a better person. I always fall back into the trap of self-indulgence over some time period AFTER Lent is over, but I’ve noticed in past years it takes longer and longer before I give in. I hate Lent because, well, I always feel under attack. I feel like a weight is crushing me more and more and that weight doesn’t remove itself until Christ has risen on Easter. Good Friday and Holy Saturday are quite possibly the worst days of the year in my opinion.

I’ve talked before about what you should consider giving up and how there are 4 aspects to each person that we should consider when Lent comes. We should be always mindful of these 4, just because it will make us a better person year round, but I digress. Those 4 things were: Mental, Physical, Spiritual, and Emotional. You can read more about that post here.
This year I’m doing I suppose something similar to last year, although I suppose its a bit more intense as it will be on a regular basis. Last year some of what I gave up were only on certain days (pushups and situps every other day) where as now what I’m doing is all of my goals EVERY DAY.
17 Day Diet– No beef, no sugar, no non-wheat products, no cheese. Pretty much I’m only allowed to eat chicken, pork, turkey, wheat products, vegetables, fruits, yogurt and that’s about it. I’ve done this diet before and it works well at losing weight. I’m going to add prayer to it and do this for the duration of Lent (40 days). (Physical, Giving Up)
P90-X– This is an intense workout and I actually have already started it. I’m noticing how much healthier my body has become in just the 3 workouts that I already have done. I played basketball yesterday and wasn’t as tired as I have been before, but of course, I did suffer an embarrassing injury that side-lined me for the rest of the game. (Physical, Adding)
 
Scripture– Again, I tried this last year and don’t know what happened, I just stopped I guess. I did start at the beginning of the year and yet again, stopped. I love reading it, I just never can force myself to pick it up. Go figure. (Spiritual, Adding).
 
I am missing two things from the list of four I gave. I’m not doing anything mental (har har) this Lent as I read at lunch and during the day. I’m not really sure how I could add to this. I suppose I cold make sure I do it every day, but I figure some days I just need to break. Also, with a wedding coming up, I figure I shouldn’t play around with my emotional health too much, as I’m stressed as it is. This year has been super rough in that department, and God has done a lot of work at allowing me to grow in maturity. I don’t need to play around here.
 
Hopefully you all have a great Lent. I will get back into discussing mortal and venial sin shortly.

Jeff February 22, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink

Ash Wednesday

Happy Lent! Yes, I know, its Lent, that means no more of those little things that we enjoy most in our life. But, at last, we are imitating Jesus, when He went into the desert for 40 days to be tested and tempted.

So, it being Ash Wednesday, today is a day of fast and abstinence! What does this mean?
Fasting- Eating only 2 small meals and 1 average size meal. This means no snacking in between meals. For example, I will be eating a Fiber One bar for breakfast (small), a cup of Shrimp Flavored Ramen (small) and probably a slice of fish, some veggies and something else for my normal meal.
Abstinence- This is the practice of abstaining from flesh meat. This includes beef, pork, chicken, goose, etc. You can abstain by having seafood (fish, shrimp, lobster, etc) or not having any meat, fruits and veggies.
Its important to realize that it is ok to drink. The only stipulation on this is that if the drink can be considered a meal, that it would count as one of your meals. For example: You can have milk, but a milkshake would be considered a small meal. This is important to realize. You can also drink coffee, unless, of course, you gave it up for Lent.

Hopefully this helps you if you have questions. For some reason its easy to forget what the rules of fasting and abstinence are, but its important for us to begin Lent on a good note. Good luck to you on what you gave up, and remember:
All Fridays are days of abstinence…so no meat!
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