Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 18, 2015.
"God does not ask of us that he himself has not first given us," Pope Francis wrote in his Lenten Message. The passage focuses on the globalization of indifference, in particular withdrawing from our neighbors and from Christ. The Pope suggests we "make our hearts firm," as the theme of the message recalls, taken from the book of James. "God is not indifferent to our world," the Pontiff writes. He suggests shaping our hearts to be more merciful..." From Pope Francis' Message for Lent, 2015
We are invited to pray, fast, and give of what we have during the 40 days of Lent, so that we might purify and prepare ourselves to encounter again the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus at the Paschal Triduum.
Here are some opportunities and ideas for observing this Lenten Season:
Take a smaller portion at mealtime.
Spend 10 minutes less on Facebook.
Play one less round of a video game.
Take part in a service project.
Study for 10 extra minutes per day.
Drop $1 more in the collection at Mass.