Lent is officially here. And by now you’ve probably figured out what you’re “doing” for Lent.
Like giving up sweets … alcohol … or caffeine.
Praying the Rosary weekly … or even daily.
Or other grand gestures with prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
Last week we provided some great resources for Lenten ideas. But it occurred to me this week that while I always focus on grand gestures, in life it’s often the small things that mean the most.
A call or text message to let someone know you’re thinking about them.
A smile at a stranger you pass on the street.
Holding the door open for someone else.
Little things don’t take much effort, but just the fact that you do them means the world to the recipient.
So while you probably have your grand gestures set and ready to go for Lent, I’d like to suggest that you join me in working in some “little things” that show the Lord your love and deepen your relationship with Him even more.
Genuflect’s Ash Wednesday edition presents little things you can do this Lent to complement your grand gestures. Most of these you’ve probably heard of before, but they’ve fallen out of practice of late. And there are even a few special tips for those who struggle with keeping Lenten commitments.
So take a look and add some little things to make your Lenten journey even greater.
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We plan what we’re doing for Lent. But sometimes we try to make sure we’re praying enough and sacrificing enough and over plan to do too much. The most obvious solution to the problem may just be the easiest. Tami Kiser brilliantly explains that rather than doing, Lent can be more rewarding by simply being.
Simply Lent | Catholic Mom
Honoring Jesus’ Name
In the 13th Century Pope Gregory X wanted to honor the Holy name of Jesus. The simple gesture he came up with has lost popularity in recent years … I’ve only recently stumbled upon it. But it’s a little thing we can do at Mass during Lent … and after.
Honoring Jesus’ Body
Following the Second Vatican Council, receiving Holy Communion in the hand became acceptable and widely adopted. But there’s nothing that says you can’t receive the Sacred Host on the tongue. Just make sure you know the proper way to do it.
How to Receive Holy Communion on The Tongue | Integrated Catholic Life
If you’re like me, you only dress up for the major feasts … Christmas and Easter. Every other Sunday is casual attire. But getting all dressed up is an easy way to show our reverence for the Lord and why not do it throughout Lent?
The Importance of Dressing Well For Sunday Mass | Catholic Stand
Wearing a chapel veil at Mass is not a requirement for ladies. Just like praying the Rosary is not a requirement. But saying a Rosary is a special prayer we do to show our love for God. Likewise, wearing a veil is an outward sign we can add. Here’s a great set of FAQs on the subject … from a great place to buy one (this is not an affiliate link).
Frequently Asked Questions – Chapel Veils | Veils by Lily
Lent is a great time to consider attending Mass more than once a week. Most churches offer Mass daily so you can easily fit it into your schedule. Louise Merrie explains the many benefits of daily Mass.
The Everyday Grace of Weekday Mass | Catholic Exchange
Spend Time With Him
One way to deepen your relationship with the Lord during Lent is to visit Him in Adoration. If you’re new to this devotion and wonder what it’s like, what you do, and what you’ll get out of it, check out this article by Shawn Rain Chapman. And download this prayer to place yourself in the presence of the Lord to have on your phone when the time comes.
My Best Hour: Making The Most of Adoration This Lent | ATX Catholic
Ask For Forgiveness
Lent is a time for penance so most churches will offer more opportunities to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. If it’s been a while, don’t worry. Here’s everything you need to know before, during, and after for a great Confession.
Lent And The Sacrament of Reconciliation | Franciscan Media
40 Days of Love
We have more success accomplishing difficult things when we know why we’re doing them. Maria Garabis Davis shares her revelation for how she finally cracked the code on keeping her Lenten commitments. And lays out her love-based blueprint for 40 days of sacrifices.
Theme Your Lent
If you struggle with keeping your Lenten commitments, here’s a new approach to consider. Abigail Saffert uses a Lenten theme to simplify and focus her efforts. And draw closer to God.
Choosing a Theme For Lent | Blessed is She
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