Lent is approaching rather quickly and many are preparing, because this is an important 40 days for Christians. It’s a time to go into the desert with Jesus and reflect on what he means to you, your faith and why. It’s reflective, it’s enriching and it’s cleansing, as we focus on the areas of our lives where we fell short and begin a new. Hopefully with a deeper realization that we can’t do it without Him or at least with the understanding that we can do it better with Him. If your thinking about what to do for Lent below are some options.

For alms there is a Franciscan H2O challenge, where you give up coffee, liquor and/or soda and drink water instead. You place the cost you saved in a jar and at the end of the forty days donate the savings to a water project giving clean water to polluted areas. You can learn more at


For spiritual growth there is the Lent 2014 Holy Hour Challenge where you challenge yourself by different levels of intensity to get spiritually fit. You can learn more at!holy-hour-challenge/cb41


You may also consider:

* Participating in a Scripture Study

* Volunteering at food bank, hospital, nursing home or homeless shelter

* Attend daily Mass

*Going to Confession

*Reading a daily devotional for the 40 days

* Giving up a bad habit such as speeding, biting your nails, smoking, over eating, etc.

* Going to see the new movie “The Son of God” check out this clip


Whatever it is you decide to enrich your faith life doing it with joy and love will bring blessings. If you have other ideas or suggestions to add to the list please share them in the comment tab below and have a happy Lent.


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