Skip to comments.Following the Truth: Saying “Y-E-S” to God During Lent (and Advent) [Catholic or Open]
Posted on 11/30/2011 10:58:34 AM PST by Salvation
No matter how close we are to God, the season of Lent provides a great opportunity to grow closer to Him. One of the biggest mistakes that we can make is to not take advantage of this blessed time. For many of us, we struggle to decide what we should give up or what we should do during Lent. If youre still undecided, I recommend that you simply say Y-E-S to God!
YIELD It is human nature to desire control over our lives. We like to have a plan and feel peaceful when our lives follow that plan. We struggle as circumstances beyond our control disrupt our carefully laid plans. Illness, job loss, relationship troubles and unexpected events can all cause us to feel out of control. Although we may not like the feeling, it can provide the reminder that we really arent in control of our lives GOD IS! People like Abraham, Moses, Mary and Joseph were very aware of this fact. They were all asked to submit to Gods will without knowing most of the details. In a sense, the same is asked of us every day of our lives. We never know for sure what each new day will bring. There are even times in our lives when all we see is darkness. It is during these times that the Lord asks us to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor 5:7).
Lent would be a great time to yield control of our lives to God. While, in theory, it shouldnt be a big deal because Hes already in charge, its actually one of the most difficult things for us to do. Its hard for us to trust God, especially when we dont know all of the details. However, if we want to get closer to the Lord, trusting Him is critical. One common element in the lives of the Saints is complete trust in the will of God. Why not use Lent to pray for a greater trust in Gods will?
Lord, help me to trust You more this Lent. Help me to remember that You know whats best for my Salvation!
EUCHARIST St. John Chrysostom stated, How many of you say: I should like to see His face, His garments, His shoes. You do see Him, you touch Him, you eat Him. He gives Himself to you, not only that you may see Him, but also to be your food and nourishment. As Catholics, we are privileged to allow Jesus to nourish our souls with His own Body and Blood.
In addition to the Sunday obligation, why not also attend one daily Mass each week during Lent? You will not only hear the Lord speak through the sacred readings, but you will be able to receive His Body and Blood. In doing so, you will be given the graces to lead a holier life and to ultimately grow closer to Him.
I also recommend that you spend some time praying before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Many churches have adoration chapels that will allow you to pay a visit to Jesus. Even stopping by for a few minutes during the course of your day will bear great fruit in your life. Sometimes, Ill visit the chapel on the way home from work just to say Hello to the Lord. If Jesus really is our friend, doesnt it make sense that we would want to visit Him from time to time?
Lord, help me to appreciate the blessing of the Eucharist. Transform me with your graces, so that I am better able to be a light in the darkness and the salt of the earth.
SACRIFICE Every voluntary sacrifice, no matter how small, can help Jesus in carrying out His mission. When we give up sweets, Facebook, coffee or anything else that brings us pleasure, we experience suffering. In and of itself, that pain means nothing. However, when we unite our suffering with that of Jesus on the Cross, its value becomes infinite. As St. Paul states in Colossians 1:24, the Lord allows us to share in His agony. Our discomfort or suffering suddenly becomes redemptive in nature.
In addition to giving something up, we can add to our Lenten sacrifice by also doing something. We can take the money that we would have spent on sweets, coffee, beer or DVDs and give it to the poor. Time normally spent on Facebook or watching television could be replaced by time spent with the Lord in prayer.
Lord, accept my Lenten sacrifice and unite it with your suffering on the Cross. Help me to remember that You can use my simple sacrifice to help save souls.
As we begin the Lenten season, its easy to not do anything. When we take that approach, however, well be no closer to Christ when Easter arrives. On the other hand, making an effort to do something will allow us to grow closer to Our Lord when we celebrate His Glorious Resurrection.
While it doesnt matter exactly what you do during this holy season, I strongly recommend that you do something. And if anyone should happen to ask if youre doing anything special for Lent, youll be able to say
Substituting Advent for every Lent reference!
Advent Series Ping!
So what can we choose to do during Advent?
Read the Bible everyday
Attend Daily Mass
Spend an hour in the Adoration Chapel
Works of mercy
Making home-made gifts and staying away from the commercialization of Christmas.
Please add your choices.
Great idea. Thanks, FRiend.