Preparing for Lent...


“Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life…” --Pope Benedict XVI

“The ultimate goal of fasting is to help each one of us to make a complete gift of self to God.” --Pope Benedict XVI

Lent begins this week--Wednesday! I took time last week to begin preparations for Lent. Lenten notes on my calendar. Drawing up Lenten/fast menus in my notebook. Lists for Lenten food and other things on my phone--ready for shopping. Ideas for Lent activities also noted. And drafting my big spring clean plan, which I'll be doing during the weeks of Lent. I think I enjoy planning for Lent even more than I do for Christmas! Lent being of longer duration than Christmas, I relish all the list-making and planning, seeking a really deep and rich Lent experience.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, is Shove Tuesday, sometimes also known as Fat Tuesday/Pancake Day--traditionally the eating up of rich or fatty foods before the penitential Lenten season begins. Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of Lent. 

I deeply appreciate the solemnity of this time. I need Lent! I need this time of turning my heart to God, re-igniting my daily prayer times, of fasting,of giving, of re-calibrating my relationship with Jesus...

Wishing all taking the path of Lent to Jesus a time of great blessings and love! 










P.S. My reading for Lent this year is The Magnificat Lenten Companion and Together on Retreat: Meeting Jesus in Prayer by James Martin, SJ ... Do you read special books during the season of Lent, leading up to Easter?

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  1. Beautiful, Tracy. Good luck with the Valentine's Day fast! Maybe an early celebration on Tuesday? I know your faith will be powerful this season and that's lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Jeanie! We enjoyed some cake at the weekend now...LOL... But we're real shuffling Valentine's celebrating to the weekend coming up, Saturday, as TJ's very busy with work this week. A little indulgence then, maybe... ;)

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  2. i love that simple beautiful picture Tracy. it just invites one into the subject here.
    and i appreciate both book recommendations. going to be reading them!
    I recently read somewhere that prayer is always petition and gratitude is true worship.
    I can't remember where I even read that now! but it gave me much to think about.
    the world needs so much love right now. and healing. in all ways.
    so for my own Lenten retreat I am going to just go into the Silence and dwell on His Love and
    feel that it is the pebble dropped into my life and picture the circles of love for everyone and everything and let it flow out to reach others. I have always tended to petition a lot! lol.
    so I want to dwell in gratitude right now. and simply Love.
    I want to try this way to worship. receiving pure love and gratitude and truly feeling it and then sending it out into the world and the universe!
    am going to try anyway. xo♥

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment and sharing, Tammy! I admire your plans for Lent... going into Silence and meeting Him there! :))) Do tell me how your Lenten Silence practice goes as the weeks go... Yes, I can see how prayer is often a kind petition. And that gratitude is maybe a purer form of prayer and worship. I think our prayers become petitions easily, as we so often seek help and support. Not such a bad thing really. But striking a balance of asking, and celebrating...that's when faith walking feels good. Simply love... and sending it out... AMEN! :))) ((HUGS))

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  3. I love your thoughts and plans for Lent Tracy. I have been thinking about Spring Cleaning also, even if it doesn't feel much like Spring out there! I just want to get stuck in and clear away Winter cobwebs! I hope that you and TJ are able to have a bit of a celebration together. You are one of my favourite couples! LOVE you oodles and oodles. xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much, Marie! No, it doesn't feel much like spring here either, especially we got another big dump of snow this past weekend... LOL! But I'm hoping during the spring cleaning, we'll edge every closer to spring. Or at least I'll feel more springtime in my heart... Lent kind of does that to the heart. ;) ((HUGS))

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  4. I do love all of the reasons for and what you do to prepare for Lent. I love how it helps you draw closer to the Savior. You are such a great example of a true sister in Christ. I love your faithfulness. Thanks for sharing the links because i do enjoy reading about these special moments. Fasting in our church is very much a celebration a time to renew ourselves. We do it the first Sabbath of the month and then we give a fast offering of two meals missed and more as we desire for those who are struggling. It's a sweet day each month of drawing close to our Redeemer.
    Blessings and hugs as you begin your lent!

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    1. Thank you so much, LeAnn! Fasting is such a beautiful addition to a spiritual way of life. It was so interesting to hear how fasting is for you. I like offering a fast for those who are struggling in any way, or those how have nothing to eat or drink...it brings us in closer solidarity to those who have less and need help, hearing the cries of those in need, and find a way to respond. ((HUGS))

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