Lent 2013 What to do, What to do?

I have to confess, sometimes I just don’t have much to write about.  I know all writers go through dry spells and I’m no different.  But there are times when I need to write something but don’t have any brilliant insights to share.  So, today, I’m not going to be brilliant.  (I know, how is that different from any other day?  Ha, ha.  Moving on…)  I’m just going to write and see what happens.

The Lenten season is upon us and, honestly, I’ve been fairly uninspired.  I really want to do something interesting or different but also something that is attainable.  I’m not giving up sweets this year because, frankly, I’m bored with it.  But I’ve found that I do need to make my Lenten observance something concrete and easy to account for.  It needs to be specific and it needs to be something that I can make a part of my daily routine.  Giving something up has always been easier for me than adding something in.  I can remember that I gave up desserts as I’m reaching for them but adding something to my schedule often gets forgotten in day to day life.  Perhaps I’m too much a creature of habit.  Perhaps I’m too forgetful and unfocused.  Either way this is all I have to work with.  So be it.

I guess I need to find a way to carve out time for whatever I add in to my Lenten practices.  After looking at my schedule, I’ve decided that I will be going to Eucharistic Adoration once a week as well as saying at least one Rosary per week.  I plan on using my Wednesday evening mom taxi duties to drive this.  (Pun intended!  Sorry.)

So starting today, I will spend time in Adoration after dropping my 4th grader off at Religious Education.  Then, I will say a Rosary while I walk the track at his basketball practice.  Basketball season is ending soon so I’ll have to adjust my Rosary schedule.  But, for the next few weeks this should work.  And to give myself another nudge, I’m entering my adoration time and rosary time in my Outlook calendar with a reminder.  Between my schedule, my family and my calendar maybe I’ll start a good habit of prayer.

If you’re interested in a more ambitious Lenten observance than mine check out my friend Mrs. Mackerelsnapper and her Lent 2013 Challenge.  It’s too much for me this year but I admire her zeal and her creativity in a finding a new way to relate to the poor.


Ministry Monday

After a great experience at the Catholic Writers Guild Conference/Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show/Catholic New Media Conference in August, I realized that there is a multitude of wonderful ministries that more people should know about.  So, I’m starting a weekly piece called Ministry Monday where I’ll highlight a couple of outstanding ministries that I think you’d enjoy.   There’ll be blogs, authors, websites and more.

I hope you find something among these posts to inspire you to dig deeper into your faith.

  • First up, a great blog by my new friend Mrs. Mackerelsnapper.  Mrs. M’s blog is all about meatless meals for Fridays but (here’s the catch) she observes meatless Fridays ALL YEAR LONG, not just during Lent.  Does the Church say we have to give up meat on all Fridays of the year?  No, but they used to pre-Vatican II.  So, why would we want to do this every Friday of the year?  In short, it’s a great way to offer up a small sacrifice in rememberance of the ultimate sacrifice that Christ made for us.  

Give it a try.  Don’t be scared.  Mrs. M with help you along the way.

  • Next up I want to tell you about a dynamic Catholic radio and TV personality, author and speaker-Teresa Tomeo.  Teresa is the host of the radio show Catholic Connection which airs on Ave Maria radio Monday through Friday from 8-10 am.  Not only is she a force of the Faith on radio, she’s also one of the hosts for the new EWTN talk show, Catholic View for Women.  Teresa has a wonderful ability to speak the truth about our faith without forgetting our human weaknesses.

Do you know of a ministry, blog, book, or website that more people should know about?  Share it with me and I’ll share the ministry love!