Today, Lent begins.
So often, we hear people say what they've given up for Lent. This year our Priest has challenged to not give up something, but rather to do something; he has asked us to do something 'Christ-like and positive, that we do not routinely do' (a direct quote from our bulletin this week).
I'm a glass half-full kinda girl and I like this line of thinking. By the time these words are read by anyone else, I will have finally decided if I am going to give up sweets this year (as I did with much success last year) or something else. I tend to make this decision at the last minute. I know that it's not exactly supposed to be this way, and that I resolved to not procrastinate this year, but that's just how it's gonna be for now.
The doing part, on the other hand, I am very much looking forward to.
Though I was raised Catholic, many of the finer major details of my Faith have been complete mysteries to me. I did what I did because it was what I'd always done. Don't get me wrong, I valued and respected my Faith decisions with as much understanding as I could, I'm just now starting to realize that I truly didn't know what I didn't know. In recent months, that as all changed and at times it is very overwhelming. At other times, it is exciting.
One aspect of the Catholic Faith that I have never understood is why people pray the Rosary. But, I've learned recently that prayer is an extremely powerful thing. That it's not so much that our prayers are answered, but the process of prayer itself. As I often remind the teachers who I lead, process not product.
So one thing I am going to do this Lenten Season is to pray the Rosary daily. I am going to stretch myself and work to do this daily in the morning (a morning person, I am not) so as to start my day on a positive, God-filled note. Because this process is so very new to me, I will be using The Rosary Prayer Guide website to guide me.
What are you giving up for Lent? Are you adding anything Christ-like and positive to your daily routine?