Five Reminders That Will Change Your Spiritual Life During Lent

A Woman at Prayer

A Woman at Prayer

1. “There are two ways of waking up in the morning. One is to say, ‘Good morning, God,’ and the other is to say, ‘Good God, morning’!” (Venerable Fulton Sheen)

Begin every morning with a positive, grateful attitude. Give God your first cheerful greeting.

2. “Wherever you go, there you are.” (Thomas à Kempis)

Practice being truly present. When you go to the adoration chapel, be present to Jesus; focus on praying, rather than thinking about work or your long to-do list. Be present to your family. When you are at home, focus on being present to your spouse and kids, rather than allowing the Internet or your smart phone to detract from your conversations and play time.

3. “The measure of love is to love without measure.” (St. Francis de Sales)

The simple truth is that if you are a better lover—a better lover of God, a better lover to your family, a better lover to your friends, a better lover of your enemies—at the end of Lent than you were at its beginning, you’ve had a pretty successful Lent.

4. “Do not be afraid of Confession! When one is in line to go to Confession, one feels all these things, even shame, but then when one finishes Confession one leaves free, grand, beautiful, forgiven, candid, happy. This is the beauty of Confession!” (Pope Francis)

Lent is a penitential season. Take advantage of Confession frequently. If there is an opportunity to feel free, grand, beautiful, forgiven, candid, and happy during Lent, who wouldn’t take it?

5. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.” (Jesus Christ)

Stress less and trust more. Pick one thing in your life that is making you particularly anxious and give up worrying about it during Lent. Your spiritual life will benefit dramatically.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI likens Lent to a long retreat. Don’t leave the retreat the same person you were at the start of it. Retreats are meant to change us. Let these wise words remind you of the simple ways you can turn an ordinary 40 days into an extraordinary Lenten retreat.

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Katie Warner is a Catholic wife, stay-at-home mother, speaker, writer, and evangelist who is passionate about taking small steps toward a more meaningful and spiritual life, and helping others do the same.

Katie writes and speaks about a variety of spiritual and practical topics, and has presented in venues like the National Catholic Bible Conference and numerous Legatus chapters, the Eucharistic Congress of Atlanta, EWTN radio, and on EWTN television. She is also a presenter for the Symbolon RCIA and Opening the Word programs produced by the Augustine Institute. Katie is one of the original contributing writers for The Integrated Catholic Life and a correspondent for the National Catholic Register.

Katie works very part-time (usually during toddler naps and late at night) as the Manager of Communication and Evangelization for Catholics Come Home, a national Catholic evangelism apostolate working to invite fallen-away Catholics and non-Catholics home to the Catholic Church. She holds a graduate degree in Catholic Theology, specializing in Evangelization and Catechesis, from the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. Her favorite ministry work—and day-job—is family life, and she enjoys homemaking and mothering in sunny Southern California, where she lives with her husband and son.

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