Skip to comments.Lent is coming: Time to prepare Printable Lent Worksheet
Posted on 02/28/2014 5:22:32 AM PST by BlatherNaut
As we have and will continue to mention, Lent is coming. But it's now that we should all be preparing.
A traditional priest has put together the worksheet below for us to use (click for larger view and printing). It's simple, but it's a good tool to make our plans, to refer to throughout Lent, and to evaluate our progress when Lent ends.
Planning for Lent should be no different than planning for other things in life: plan, prepare, execute and evaluate! If we take the time to do it with our budgets, surely we should take the time to do it for our souls.
As always, consult your confessor or spiritual director.
(Excerpt) Read more at rorate-caeli.blogspot.com ...
LENT IT BE!
AND HIS FINAL JOURNEY BEGAN!
A good guide that should be in all parish bulletins, preached and given out in the pews.
Is there only one page to this?
I’ve practiced Lent the last two years, and look forward again to this year. Those of you in the Atlanta, GA area might consider attending one of the weekend silent retreats at St Ignatious House.
Thanks for sharing.....
Lent: Like Christmas-time for Pelagians!
Is it really “fasting” if you’re trying to lose weight anyway?
The three practices of Lent.
That is true, but it didn’t answer my question.
Any suggestions for Lenten spiritual reading?
“Exposition of the Seven Penitential Psalms” by St. John Fisher
Thanks. “With God In Russia” by Fr. Walter Ciszek is also outstanding, although not precisely Lent-themed.
Yes, that's a great book. Also "He Leadeth Me" is very inspiring.
Yes, I have both.
I’d say it is. Fasting as part of a weight loss program is still fasting. I don’t think the goal of the fasting matters much. In fact I’d say it could fit into “point 1”(from the PDF Father prepared) as a desire to loose weight (regardless if the weight comes from overeating) is indeed an “Amendment of life”.
What I’d like to know is, does FReeping fall into the category of “useless chattering like on Facebook, blogs, etc”. If so it would be something to give up entirely if point 1 is to be taken that way! After all, it says “blogs, etc” there. I know FR isn’t a blog but still, the point seems to be there. IMO.
Is anyone giving up FR for Lent? I’m not. But I’m wondering about that “useless chattering” thing there.
I generally scan FR and other news sites periodically on my mobile during the day while taking care of other business. Not much of a penance if I stopped doing that. Tried fasting on bread and water on Wednesdays and Fridays one year. Now THAT was quite miserable. :)
St. Peter Chrysologus:
There are three things, my brethren,by which faith stands firm, devotion remains constant, and virtue endures.They are prayer, fasting and mercy.Prayer knocks at the door,fasting obtains, mercy receives.Prayer, mercy and fasting: These three are one, and they give life to each other.
Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting.Let no one try to separate them;they cannot be separated.If you have only one of them or not all of them together, you have nothing.So if you pray, fast;if you fast,show mercy;if you want your petition to be heard, hear the petition of others.If you do not close your ear to others you open God’s ear to yourself.
When you fast,see the fasting of others.If you want God to know that you are hungry, know that another is hungry.If you hope for mercy, show mercy.If you look for kindness, show kindness.If you want to receive,give.If you ask for yourself what you deny to others,your asking is a mockery.
Let this be the pattern for all men when they practice mercy:show mercy to others in the same way,with the same generosity,with the same promptness,as you want others to show mercy to you.
Therefore, let prayer, mercy and fasting be one single plea to God on our behalf, one speech in our defense,a threefold united prayer in our favor.
Let us use fasting to make up for what we have lost by despising others.Let us offer our souls in sacrifice by means of fasting.There is nothing more pleasing that we can offer to God,as the psalmist said in prophecy:A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit;God does not despise a bruised and humbled heart.
Offer your soul to God, make him an oblation of your fasting, so that your soul may be a pure offering, a holy sacrifice,a living victim,remaining your own and at the same time made over to God.Whoever fails to give this to God will not be excused,for if you are to give him yourself you are never without the means of giving.
To make these acceptable, mercy must be added.Fasting bears no fruit unless it is watered by mercy.Fasting dries up when mercy dries up.Mercy is to fasting as rain is to the earth.However much you may cultivate your heart,clear the soil of your nature,root out vices,sow virtues, if you do not release the springs of mercy, your fasting will bear no fruit.
When you fast, if your mercy is thin your harvest will be thin;when you fast,what you pour out in mercy overflows into your barn.Therefore,do not lose by saving,but gather in by scattering.Give to the poor, and you give to yourself.You will not be allowed to keep what you have refused to give to others.
Since losing weight is a this-worldly motive for eating less, I’m afraid it detracts at least partially from “fasting” as a true penance.
The way out of the conundrum, it seems to me, is: Lose the weight you need to—then you can fast for purely spiritual motives!
I think that no one who is overweight can fast with purely spiritual motives. Or, at least, losing weight is always lurking in the back of your mind.
The thing to do is not overthink it. Just fast for a day, and pray, and offer it up sincerely as a penance. Put losing weight out of your mind as much as you can. Don’t keep track of your weight. When you have fasted, forget about it! Stay in the present.
Lent is not a time for “self-improvement” in the sense that it’s not a time for “New Year’s resolutions.” It’s a time to pay more attention to your sins, your relationships, the faithfulness and regularity of your prayer.
This is a book I recommend to everyone, anytime:
I wish every Christian and non-Christian in the world would read this book. I wish everyone, before picking up the gospels, would read this book. Then read it again after having read the gospels.
Here’s something to think about:
Advent is not really about preparing for THIS Christmas, and Lent is not really about preparing for THIS Easter.
Both are about preparing for death, and living more faithfully and obediently in the meantime.
First, I admit I'm completely ignorant about Lent. But your comment is somewhat confusing. If gluttony is my primary sin (which is probably true in my case) then wouldn't forsaking excess food be what's called for?
Am I missing the point of Lent here?
I think so. Gluttony is something we should always be fighting, not just during Lent. Lent is a time to give up something that is good for a higher, spiritual good, not giving up something you should have given up in the first place.
“He must increase, but I must decrease”.
But I read category 1 in post 10, where it says "Give up those things that you need to give up sooner or later, namely bad habits. Your goal here is to brake a bad habit for ever and Lent is a good time to do it." Wouldn't gluttony fit the bill here?
Again, I'm not trying to be argumentative, because I've never known what Lent is. This is all new to me.
In that case yes. But I think there may be a difference between a bad habit and a sin.
Haha wow that's heavy duty there!
The Seven Deadly Sins, and the Seven Contrary (Capital) Virtues
Deadly Sins and Contrary Virtues
Covetousness .. Liberality
Lust .. Chastity
Anger .. Meekness
Gluttony . Temperance
Envy . Brotherly Love
Sloth . Diligence
Regarding gluttony—you are correct. Overcoming it should be a top priority—whether you are overweight or not. (Thin people can be gluttons, too.)
During Lent, it is traditional to do voluntary penances as a form of prayer. When Catholics “offer something up,” the focus is not on self-improvement, but on offering up a sacrifice. I was referring to this sort of penance, rather than overcoming gluttony. Trying not to be gluttonous isn’t a penance—it’s moral reform. Giving up ketchup for Lent is a penance, not moral reform.