My friend has written a nice piece on Lenten sacrifices: the meaning of it all, the Biblical basis for the practice, ongoing teaching of the Church on it, and a great big list of ideas for little sacrifices you can make throughout Lent.
You don’t have to have One Big Thing during Lent — in fact, if you have a hard time sticking to One Big Thing, choose a small improvement you can make to your spiritual life, then make other little sacrifices throughout Lent. These latter can vary from day to day, week to week. Just offer it up, and it’ll be a pleasing sacrifice to God.
“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church.” Colossians 1:24
(YOUCAT 230) Penance is making restitution or satisfaction for a wrong that has been committed. Penance must not take place exclusively in my head; I must express it in acts of charity and in solidarity with others. One does penance also by praying, fasting, and supporting the poor spiritually and materially. Penance is often misunderstood. It has nothing to do with low self-esteem or scrupulosity. Penance is not brooding over what a bad person I am. Penance frees and encourages us to make a new start.
Lent began today Wednesday, February 18. It is a gift from Holy Mother Church for us, her faithful. It is a time of increased prayer, sacrifice, voluntary self-denial…
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