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Lent 2020 has arrived and here we are! The Lenten spiritual experience can be different for us each year we progress in our faith, spiritual growth and life experiences.

How can we go deeper into the Lenten experiences? Where do we start?

For most of us, it starts with attending Ash Wednesday Mass and listening to the Readings at Mass and the Homily. We may be inspired by the Readings and Homily and suggestions by the priest.

Suggestions:

Most of us have a plan in mind to give up some of our indulgences like eating sweets or drinks and omitting sugar from our meals. Some of us want to tackle the tough vices in life, like giving up idle gossip, laziness, swearing, addictions. It is very tough to give up strong addictions especially for 40 days! We need the help of God to work through these struggles daily by prayer, fasting, almsgiving, abstinence. God gives us the grace required through these thoughtful decisions to change our lives purposefully.

If you can’t give up anything, then you can add something else to your 40 days – reading a book on a saint, e.g. Story of a Soul by St Therese, or St Faustina’s Diary, etc. There are many spiritual books out now on the lives of the saints. If you cannot purchase a book, try borrowing a book from your local catholic library or online version. E.g. https://www.discerninghearts.com/catholic-podcasts/

Do charitable works – feed the hungry, visit the sick, lonely, Help with voluntary work at charitable organisations, help your local church. Donate money and goods to local charities.

Read the Bible – select a chapter which you have put off reading because it is too hard to read usually! The books of the 4 Evangelists or Letters of St Paul.

Try to maintain this for the 40 days. If you miss a day or two, you can still easily catch up. Don’t give up!

For myself, at one time I wanted to read a whole book, but managed to just read a few pages here and there, but caught up after Lent. I try to attend Holy Mass more often during the week and any other prayer services offered at any church, Eucharistic Adoration. I have tried every year to give up my favorite sweets and over time this has led me to not indulge in sweets, even if it is available.

Here is a good resource full of ideas on what you can still do during Lent: What 5 Saints Did for Lent by Ascension Presents.

Wishing you all a Blessed and Holy Lent 2020!

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Here are a few videos by our priests to explain what is a Reality Check on our lives. It is very clearly stated and I am sure you will understand the whole purpose of our existence from these talks.

This is from Fr Mark Goring

From Fr Wade Menezes, Fathers of Mercy.

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Every day blessings for Catholic moms

 

 

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Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,

making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 

speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.

Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,

always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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Here is a great article on how to build up your marriage life. There are so many couples who need help to sort out differences. But the important thing from the beginning is to set boundaries on how we respect one another to live in peace and harmony with one another.

http://www.catholiclane.com/your-number-one-job-as-a-wife-its-not-what-you-think/

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While blog hopping, I came across this website and would like to share it with you all. After all we need to help one another on this great journey of life. Someone, somewhere is stuck in a rut and looking for change. So here are some great tips. I only share what I know is good for me, so its good for you …

http://www.success.com/article/how-to-change-yourself-in-positive-ways

~ God bless you!

Mary

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Help all without discrimination, friend and foe alike. Everyone is our neighbor.
– Blessed Angela Truszkowska (1825-1899), Feast day October 10

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2015-05-19 Vatican Radio

Pope Francis said on Tuesday (May 19th) many people like the Rohingya of Myanmar or the Christians and Yazidis in Iraq have been forced to say farewell to their homes and the lives of all of us are marked by farewells of varying importance.  He said each of us should reflect on our own final farewell from this life and what it means for Christians to entrust themselves to God. The Pope’s words came during his morning Mass at the Santa Marta residence.

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-we-should-think-about-our-final-farewell?hootPostID=ad2e81406cb6163a15e14416555df14a

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images“The higher your faith, the less you have to analyze, because you just accept. You just accept.

You know Jesus. He comes to you in disguised form, and the disguised form is pain, people, imperfections, sufferings, health, weather, opportunities, work, thousands of things, your faults, your weakness, your temperaments – the whole blessed thing. And all of this together is God, Jesus in disguise.”

~ Mother Angelica Daily Quotes

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