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We Lent pretty hard around here, so we Easter just as hard. I’ve had candy and meat every day this week. We even had Taco Tuesday… for LUNCH! With actual BEEF! #solYUMnity
Of course, people who don’t understand Lent think it’s similar to starting a new year and coming up with resolutions for self-improvement. Really Lent is a time to try to become more like Christ, who gave up every material comfort (and he could have had ALL THE MATERIAL COMFORTS) so that He could show His beloved how to live with Him forever. I feel like I’m explaining it badly.
Still, in striving to be more like Christ, Christ can then make us stronger. It’s not self-improvement. It’s self-abasing so that Christ can be the One to lift us up… which is kinda the plan for the end of our days here, if you are in fact a Christian.
This was my Lent in a nutshell.
|Discipline||Was it difficult?||Post -Lent|
|No Starbucks||Not really||Only if family is going, but I won’t suggest it or get it on my own anymore.|
|No seconds at meals||Yes||Still should keep up this practice|
|No meat (w/rare exceptions)||YES!!!!||Add in Wednesday abstinence along with Fridays|
|No Facebook||Not as difficult as I expected it to be||Saturdays only (unless a promo is happening)|
|No coffee||No coffee = depression :3||Keep drinking coffee|
|7 minutes of contemplation after Lauds||Somewhat but was able to increase to 10min by Holy Week||Creep it up to 15 by September|
|1 hour of adoration weekly||Not as difficult as I expected it to be||I want to keep this, but how to do so without PREP (weekly visit to parish campus) built in to schedule?|
How’s your Easter going? What gifts has the Risen Lord given you as a result of your Lenten practices? You might even be able to link up with CatholicMom.com and share your Small Successes, maybe? Not sure they do those anymore, but it’s still worth celebrating!