Thursday, February 23, 2012

♥ LENT ♥

Yesterday Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the season of Lent. It is a time of reflection, prayer and is a time for change. But change comes at a cost and that is what we pay when we try to change our old ways and try to make ourselves better persons. In doing so we are changing the world.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Leo Tolstoy

Our life today can be very busy and pressured with all the duties and commitments we have to face daily. This is a time when families and communities can try to make time for each other. By taking a little time out for prayer and communication, we reconnect with God and with God's creation.
Rather than just giving up chocolate, we can use the money saved on candy and sweets to buy a box of chocolates to give to a needy family at Easter. We can put that box, or buy some groceries with that money, to donate to the community hampers that parishes give out during special seasonal celebrations as a sign of solidarity to needy families.

How about thinking of doing one act of generosity or kindness every day? It does not need to be anything that takes up too much of our time or even cost anything. Here are a few ideas...

  • Say something nice about someone behind their back.
  • Give someone a compliment or word of encouragement/praise when they least expect it.
  • Have an early spring clean (one closet, cupboard or drawer at a time) and donate some items to a charity shop, animal shelter, parish might even find something that you borrowed, now is a good time to return it!
  • Think or write a list of things you would like to say sorry for and work on a could be an overdue 'sorry'!
  • Give up your place in a queue to someone else.
  • Offer to babysit for someone who needs that time for errands or even to go to the hairdresser.
  • Visit or call someone who is housebound.

While we are cleaning up, taking stock of our lives, thinking of others, we can also consider this as a period of a personal spiritual 'cleansing' as we prepare for Easter.
If we are a little more creative by putting some more thought into how we are sacrificing and reaching out to others, it can make our Lent more meaningful.


  1. Thank you Doreen for reminding me about Lent. Your Blog always makes me feel so calm and relaxed. Bless you. Marion x

  2. Wonderful thoughts and plenty of good advice. I certainly need to start some spring cleaning and de-cluttering. Thanks for the reminders.

  3. Hello Doreen, thanks for your visit!

  4. Thank you sis!
    Your post is a valid reminder about the many ways we can offer a tiny sacrifice during this particular period in the christian community.
    Very meaningful!

  5. I love the Tolstoy quote! I think that as Christians we need to remember that we are the light of the world. Many non-Christians base their beliefs not on what we say, but on what we DO. Lent is a great starting point for what can become a lifelong commitment to truly love God first and then to love others second! Thanks for the list of simple ways we can begin to do that!


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