So, I just found the above image on The Blue Room Blog and, first off, I love her post about Lent that I linked. Go check it out if you’d like.
Anyway…Lent is upon us.
As someone who grew up in the Anglican church and has since converted to Catholicism, Lent is a season of the Church year I’ve always known. As a little girl, I remember my mom asking me what I would give up that year. I always said peas or something else I didn’t like. She tried explaining to me that Lent is about sacrifice and yadda yadda. It wasn’t until I truly started following Jesus that Lent became a time of growth for me.
I remember hearing my mentor/youth minister explaining that Lent could be a time to take something on instead. Be it reading the Bible more, praying more, living healthier, exercising, etc. Not too often have I ever really challenged myself to something additional. Frankly, the only Lent in the past where I remember really sticking to it was back in 2006 or 2007. I gave up pop. It was hard, but Easter came and I didn’t feel the need to grab a glass of Dr. Pepper and it felt good.
Since then, I feel like I’ve been so disconnected and haven’t really taken the opportunity to do anything. And that’s pretty pathetic to me.
So, this year…I’m taking something on. Since I converted to Catholicism last year to join Don in his Catholic faith, I love seeing how involved our church gets in Lent. There is so much happening and so many ways to get involved. This year, I plan to read through the daily office (readings), attend at least one extra thing at church (mass, prayer group, etc.), pray more, and record my journey in a Lenten blog.
So without further ado……I give you, Lenten Musings.