By now, you have received ashes on your foreheads, made Lenten sacrifices, and have a game plan to navigate yourself to grow closer to Christ by Easter.
Then again, with Lent in full swing, you are still panicking because one of them is not completely set for you or you do not know what to do.
STAY CALM! YOU GOT THIS!
The three pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. How can a pro-lifer do all three of these during these 40 Days? Here is how.
Prayer- Matthew 6:5-6
“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”
I do not think I need to explain the meaning of this essential pillar of Lent. Be sure to pray not just for neighbors but those who mock, ridicule, and cause you daily rifts. Offer a holy hour for an end to abortion and all forms that destroy human life. Pray for the conversion of those who participate in the daily murder of innocent life.
Learn how you can perform the Spiritual Works of Mercy
Fasting- Matthew 6:19-21
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Now, many assume fasting is just for food. The catechism has a deeper meaning for it. There are seven reasons for fasting:
- From the beginning, God commanded some fasting, and sin entered into the world because Adam and Eve broke the fast.
- For the Christian, fasting is ultimately about fasting from sin.
- Fasting reveals our dependence on God and not the resources of this world.
- Fasting is an ancient way of preparing for the Eucharist—the truest of foods.
- Fasting is preparation for baptism (and all the sacraments)—for the reception of grace.
- Fasting is a means of saving resources to give to the poor.
- Fasting is a means of self-discipline, chastity, and the restraining of the appetites.
For those looking to fast from earthly possession, Sam Guzman offers several suggestions here
Almsgiving- Tobit 4: 7-11
“Give alms from your possessions. Do not turn your face away from any of the poor, and God’s face will not be turned away from you. Son, give alms in proportion to what you own. If you have great wealth, give alms out of your abundance; if you have but little, distribute even some of that. But do not hesitate to give alms; you will be storing up a goodly treasure for yourself against the day of adversity. Almsgiving frees one from death and keeps one from going into the dark abode. Alms are a worthy offering in the sight of the Most High for all who give them.”
Almsgiving is the one that is often forgotten. With everyone filing their taxes and in turn, receiving their refunds in the coming weeks, keep pro-life ministries in mind in between your loan, car, gas, and other bills.
- Every time you receive change from eating out, getting groceries, shopping for gifts, and the liking, set them aside in a special can. By Easter, put it in your parish’s Sunday collection.
- Host a baby bottle drive at your parish or church
- Cluttered? Uncluttered and donate unused clothes to goodwill, local homeless shelter, or veteran charity
- Collect gently used baby items and give them to a mother in need
- Learn about the Corporal Works of Mercy and some concrete suggestions