Dear Sacred Heart Families,
I had a great time this past Tuesday giving a tour of Sacred Heart Major Seminary for our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. It is always a privilege to be able to celebrate Mass in that chapel where I spent four years of my formation.
We are on the cusp of Lent with Ash Wednesday being this week. On the front of this bulletin we have a list of all of the opportunities to walk with God here at Sacred Heart and at St. Mary on the Lake. I encourage you to hang this up on your refrigerator or whatever in your house serves as the bulletin board and pick some things to go to. Lent is a time where we can focus on prayer in a particular way- all of these things provide practical ways to do that.
Here are some tips for engaging in this Holy season of preparation for Easter.
- Be practical- Don’t take on a regime that is impossible because that sets us up for failure. Look at what is missing in your spiritual life and look for one practical thing to address that lack. Look at what needs to be taken out of your life or put into the proper place and look for one practical way to do that.
- Lent is just as much about cutting things out as it about adding things in. Sometimes you can’t do both so don’t be afraid to choose one or the other for a really blessed Lent.
- Prioritize our Lenten fasts. Too often we focus on things like giving up chocolate or other similar things that can be helpful to give up but at the end of the day are not that important. But if our prayer life is what is lacking that has a priority- eat the chocolate and start praying in some way. Bring the chocolate to your prayer time if that helps!
- Use your car time well- This can be a gem of built in time in our day that we can use well. Listen to a podcast that addresses some aspect of our faith. One of my favorites is The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast by Ascension. You can find it in on apple or android by simply typing in his name. He gives great 6-8 minute reflections on a whole range of topics. With my 1 ½ hour trip home on my day off I have a whole series of podcasts that I can choose from.
The forty days of Lent are a reflection of the forty days Jesus spent in the Desert fasting yes, but more so than that, forty days of being with His Father. At its heart that is what Lent is about- drawing close to Jesus who longs to draw close to you. To help in achieving that we try to cut out the things that get in the way and build in opportunities to spend time with Him.