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Lent 2019 is underway

Gonna get straight to it: I love the season of Lent.

Several weeks of group rosary and Stations of the Cross with people on Friday evenings, a time set aside specifically to invite us to deepen the cultivation of our conversion… what’s not to love?

As a recent Catholic convert, I still absent-mindedly or ignorantly blunder the occasional detail and have to google what fasting & abstaining mean, but I dive in with enthusiasm.

And you should to!

Lent is a tremendous opportunity to open our daily lives to grace in a special way without even having to worry about standing out for doing so. Who’s seriously going to give you a hard time for cutting out candy bars for Lent?

Looking for ideas? Pick out a favorite prayer and say it once each day through the season. Maybe the rosary, or the Jesus Prayer (“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”), or how about the Suscipe?

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.

You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.