If you haven’t realized it already, Lent is just around the corner. Ash Wednesday is just about one week away! Lent is my favorite time year in our Liturgical Calendar; I really love the 40 days of penance I get to share with the rest of the Church. And, I often feel so flooded with His grace throughout these days leading up to Easter.
This year, Lent is perfectly placed for Matt and me – our baby is due about a week after Easter (eeek!). We hope to be able to spend this Lent preparing our hearts for this life changing experience. Prayer has probably been the most difficult part of our marriage because we haven’t had much of a consistent routine (homeless for a while after marriage, Matt’s school schedule, a month break in Texas, back to school…).
Usually, in addition to some kind of spiritual exercise being added to my daily routine, I take on rather stringent physical sacrifices. Being preggers this year, I don’t think it would be such a wise decision to do some of the things I have done in the past (I’ll still probably give up the little bit of sweets/unhealthy things I do eat). Instead, this season of Lent, Matt and I will focus on prayer and the prayer life we want our family to have.
We want to be holy parents for our child, which means we need to seek virtue. I hope to open up more of my day as an opportunity for prayer, i.e., less phone games and Facebook/internet browsing. Instead I’ll fill that time reading books which will help me to grow spiritually (looking for good mommy saints to read too; and I’ll have a list to share soon!) and physically, I want to use sacramentals (icons, the rosary, the sign of the cross, etc.) to pray with.
Lent opens so many opportunities for your heart, so I pray, dear reader, that you deeply consider how Christ needs to work in you these 40 days.