Give Lent a K.I.S.S.

Lent.  Keep it simple.

Lent is like a “long retreat”, and lies at the heart of our Catholic faith.

Lent should be a time of great joy – “Your faithful awaits the sacred paschal feasts with the joy of minds made pure.”

Here is a new way to approach Lenten discipline:  Give lent a K.I.S.S:  – Keep It Simple, Sinner.

Try the 1-1-1 Plan:  One sin … One add-in … One give-up

Focus on the ONE SIN that gets in the way of becoming closer to God.

Have ONE ADD-IN – a new faith habit, like daily Mass, daily scripture-reading or prayer.

Commit to ONE GIVE-UP – Try giving up something like TV or computer or gadget time.

Simplify … focus … concentrate.  

And enter into Lent wholeheartedly.

“O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power and idle chatter.  Instead, grant me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humblemindedness, patience and love.   O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother; for You are blessed now and ever and forever.  Amen. ”  (the Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian)

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