Today is Ash Wednesday. My favourite time of the year is Lent so its only normal I’d be sharing related matters this period. As Catholics this is not a period to be merry at all. People with birthdays this period keep it calm and reduce their level of indulgence. Id be travelling really soon (to a muslim country ironically), but my best bit of lent is that sober reflection it brings me too. Time off with my man is just perfect to bond obviously and to plan for the future without the stress of our normal lives.
Back to lent guys.. So lent is the 40-day period before Easter, starts with Ash Wednesday and ends with Holy Thursday (no mass is said that day), Good Friday and Holy Saturday. During this period we tend to sacrifice things..could be food, bad habits or situations. Some people avoid eating meat on every Friday of lent, others fast, stations of the cross prayers said and other forms of abstinence really. The main pillars however are Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. Whatever it is you decide to give up, do not forget to help the poor, needy and less priviledged.
Here are a few things you can FAST from;
Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
Fast from sadness and filled with gratitude.
Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.
(suggestions from Pope Francis)
Now, let’s touch on the three pillars of lent
Prayers the action that leads people to God. We take time away from distractions of the world to turn to God..to contemplate..to listen and talk to Him.. to read His words and meditate on them, to be one with Him. Prayer gives meaning to Lent practices which should draw us closer to Him. The stations of the cross prayers are a great way to reflect.
Fasting is restricting consumption – depriving yourself of both the good and bad things for the glory of God. This means normally watching what you eat. On a day that is practiced, one regular meal and two small ones. During Lent, we fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. ABSTINENCE is practiced all Fridays of Lent.
Almsgiving is the action that leads us christians to see others, love them and give them our time, help, advice, money, shelter, company, affection. It is not limited to giving material goods. It is the gift of self. It is based on CHARITY. To love God and others as oneself. To give alms is to be united to Christ in his poverty.
I love to read from you so please leave comments on ways you’d be living this period and any other thing you’ve thought of or want to here. Better quality photos will be on my instagram.
Have a lovely one