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February 26

Lent 2018

Monday of the Second Week of Lent


Last week, we heard in Mass about the beginning of Jesus's public life in ministry–his journey into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights to fast and be tempted by the Devil. Since the beginning of Lent, we have been reminded of three spiritual pillars of the season: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Through fasting, we recognize our sinful ways; through prayer, we know God better; and through almsgiving, we respond to our brothers and sisters.


Why are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving important in our busy, secular lives?


Lent is essentially an act of prayer spread out over 40 days. As we pray, we go on a journey, one that hopefully brings us closer to Christ and leaves us changed by the encounter with him. Spend a few extra minutes in prayer today.


If you haven't already done so, make a list of ways in which you plan to pray more, fast, and give alms this Lenten season. There are still a number of weeks until Easter—how can you deepen your Lenten commitment?

Consider reading one of the Psalms on Saturdays, challenge yourself to fast from speaking any negative or critical word on Fridays, or do an act of generosity on Mondays.

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