Lent

In case you haven’t done something yet for Lent, here are a few daily suggestions.

  • Reconnect with someone who was responsible for generating the faith in you.
  • Pray in a special way to the Blessed Mother.
  • Do something loving for someone who is sick.
  • Do something constructive to rescue someone trapped in sin.
  • Give counsel to the doubtful.
  • Bear a wrong that you experience today patiently.
  • Give comfort to someone who is afflicted.
  • Make the Stations of the Cross.
  • Say “I am sorry” to someone who is alienated from you.
  • Give alms to the needy person or organization.
  • Buy someone a meal or something to drink.
  • Spend 30 minutes in total silence.
  • Spend 15 minutes or more praying the Holy Name of Jesus.
  • Offer your day for the intentions of another person whose name you keep in mind all day.
  • Carry around a funeral prayer card and pray for that person all day.
  • Skip a meal or part of one.
  • Visit an elderly person.
  • Do something concrete to help the poor.
  • Spend 10 minutes slowly meditating on the Our Father.
  • Sacrifice some ordinary comfort or convenience today.
  • Pray with special insistence for the most pressing petitions in your life.
  • Make a gesture of reconciliation with someone from whom you are alienated.
  • Do something kind for someone who does not like you.
  • Listen to someone you would otherwise pass by or ignore.
  • Do some extraordinary kindness to someone who would never expect it.
  • Pray and offer some sacrifice for the Pope and our Bishop.
  • Spend ten minutes praying before the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Go to Confession.
  • Volunteer in a shelter, a soup kitchen, or a learning center.
  • Give away some of your belongings.
  • Point out to another his or her virtue.
  • Clean up someone else’s mess without saying anything.
  • Pray for and give alms to the missions.
  • Fast from television, I-Pod, internet, computer or other amusement.
  • Console someone who is grieving.
  • Offer your day for someone who has fallen away from the faith.
  • Do something kind for someone you love, or better, someone you don’t love.
  • Send a thank you note to someone to whom you owe a debt of gratitude.
  • Do something kind for those in prison.

– Fr. Gerard Gordon