"What did you give up?"

    Giving something up during Lent is a good way to practice penance and sacrifice. But that’s not all this wonderful season has to offer. Lent can be a time to take on new ways of thinking and acting that will bring us closer to God plan for the people he wants us to become. Here’s how two different people use the season of Lent:

Regaining perspective

     “My days are so hectic, I find I sometimes neglect my spiritual life. So Lent is my time to get back on track. I rededicate myself to daily prayer. I make time for my friends and family – no matter what else is going on. I put a little extra in the poor box. And I make at least one visit a month to the soup kitchen run by the local Knights of Columbus. The changes I make during Lent help me set the tone for the rest of the year.”

Personal penance

     “Lent is a time when I try to remove distractions from my life so I can focus on Jesus. For example, the meals I eat are simple but nutritious, and I avoid desserts or treats. I stay away from secular entertainment like movies or television with commercials. And much as I love to shop, I put off unnecessary purchases until after Easter. I give to God the time and money I save.”

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