We are well into our second week of Lent.
Hopefully you are cruising along with your Lenten sacrifices.
But some of us may have already faltered with them … and a few never really got going.
Regardless of which category you fall into, this issue of Genuflect will hopefully give you the motivation to keep going … or to get going!
We look at the need for sacrifice, whether God wants us to sacrifice, why a Lenten sacrifice is better than “adding something,” some new ways to approach sacrifice, something new to try if you struggle with giving up one main thing, and a look at an inspirational Priest who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
If you’re one of those struggling a bit with your Lenten sacrifices (like me), take heart. We’re only in the second week … so there’s plenty of time to get back on track or to set out on a new track altogether.
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The Need For Sacrifice
A religious sacrifice is one that is freely given to God as a sign of our submission and love for Him. Father Kenneth Baker makes the case why Catholics should get into the habit of making small sacrifices for God.
The Need For Sacrifice | Catholic Education
Does God Want Sacrifice?
In reading Sacred Scripture you may notice a contradiction where sacrifices are concerned. Brother Andre Marie points out the contradiction in Psalms and poses the question. Here’s why his answer is a resounding yes.
Does God Want Sacrifice or Not? | Catholicism
Adding something new — like extra prayer — has become a popular approach for Lent. But is it as meaningful as making a Lenten sacrifice? Lynne Freehill-Maye makes the case why “giving something up” is still needed … but it needs to be purposeful.
In Defense of Lenten Sacrifice | Busted Halo
New Ways to Sacrifice
We’ve given up so much in the past year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. And now during Lent, we look for more to sacrifice. Here are some ideas for how to get creative during Lent to find ways to sacrifice that will truly have meaning.
Embracing Our Cross
We always look for things to give up during Lent. But Sarah Robsdottir explains that God may present us with a sacrifice too … if we just recognize it.
If you’ve already given up on your Lenten sacrifice, take heart! Here’s a simple 4-step process you can begin using every day that will break a myriad of sacrifices down into 5-minute increments. It’s sheer brilliance!
The 5-Minute Sacrifice For Lent | To Jesus Sincerely
This article is a few years old now, but it’s a perfect reminder that sacrifice is different for each of us. And what matters is giving out of our wants and needs rather than our surplus.
The Gift of Sacrifice | Catholic Stand
Our expectations for and even acceptance of sacrifice has changed in our secular society over the years, with most moving away from the practice. But the truth of the matter is, sacrifice is still an integral part of Christian life. This in-depth look at sacrifice is well worth the read. Enjoy.
Why Sacrifice? | US Catholic
Watch this inspiring true story of Servant of God Fr. Capodanno who sacrificed everything ministering in Vietnam. His self sacrifice is truly inspiring.
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