I’ve been seeing Lent as a kind of celebration this year. Instead of looking at it as a time of deprivation and gloominess, I’m focusing on the fact that setting aside certain things has made room for other things that actually bring me joy.
A renewed schedule for morning prayer and an evening examen: incorporating the Angelus, Rosary, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy into my day. Making time for spiritual reading. Foregoing a few overindulgences or wasting time has hardly been missed, at least so far. Instead, I have enjoyed the mindfulness and self-examination that these small disciplines have brought.
One of the books I’m using this Lent is The Sacred Heart for Lent by Thomas D. Williams, published by Servant Books. The daily meditations are a great way to focus on Jesus and develop a love for his Sacred Heart, especially during Lent.
Here’s a prayer from the book that spoke to me this week:
“Dear Jesus, I love getting to know you! There are always new facets of your personality to discover, always new virtues of your heart to contemplate. Draw me nearer and nearer to yourself. Reveal your Heart to me as you never have before. I want to feel the attractiveness of your Spirit; I ache to belong totally to you.”
(from the section opener for Week Two)
How is your Lenten journey going this year? What practices are you finding that make Lent real and meaningful to you?
[As Fr. Williams says, “Lent is the ideal time to get to know Jesus better.”]