"The celebration of Lent, in the context of the Year of Faith, offers us a valuable opportunity to meditate on the relationship between faith and charity: between believing in God – the God of Jesus Christ – and love, which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and which guides us on the path of devotion to God and others...." from Pope Benedict's Message for Lent, 2013.
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.