I hope your start to Lent is going well! I wanted to share some resources to help guide you through these next 40 days.
Lent is a wonderful time for spiritual renewal and growth, if we fully participate in what this season has to offer. I am not going to go into full detail of what we as Catholics should do during Lent; you can read this blog for more information , but I want to share some of what I am doing for Lent and some resources you can use to experience spiritual growth this Lenten season!
Single Use Plastics – This is a huge challenge that my wife and I are both trying. Single use plastics impact our environment due to the process of making these products and the length of time it takes for them to biodegrade. By being more environmentally conscious, I hope to live out the call to care for creation issued to all Catholics by Pope Francis in Laudato Si.
Fast Food – I really love Dunkin Donuts. It has been part of my morning routine for a few years’ now. I am giving it up because fast food is unhealthy and the amount of single use plastics consumed with each coffee purchase is too high. Instead, I’ll be enjoying a healthy breakfast at home in the mornings and using my re-usable “coffee makes me poop” mug I received last Christmas. I plan to donate the money I would normally spend each week to St. Vincent de Paul to help those in need.
This isn’t everything I am doing for Lent, but I wanted to share at least some of the good I plan to do for this season of Lent. I hope you will take up a practice this season and grow in your faith as well.
Check out the resources below and spend some extra time with God this Lenten season.
Lenten Resources for Teens & Families
https://livinglent.org/ - List of things to give up based on their impact on climate change & daily e-mail reminders and reflections!
https://ignatiansolidarity.net/lent-2019/ - Daily e-mail reflections focusing on social justice
https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/lent/living-lent-daily This e-mail series delivers daily reflections based on the Scriptures of Lent, drawing out lessons of mercy
https://dynamiccatholic.com/best-lent-ever/lenten-reflections-2019 - Daily video reflections with a call to action and prayer to end.
https://www.lentreflections.com/ - Lenten Gospel based reflections by Bishop Robert Barron e-mailed daily
If you have yet to find something to give up for Lent, it is not too late! Here are some fun lists below of things you can give up for Lent.