My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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Ready, Set, Get your Ash in Church

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Today is the big day - the first day of Lent!
So I'm writing this down for myself, and maybe a few of you faithful readers will need it too.

This is not like starting a diet. Or that house project that you never finished, or the sweater that is partially knitted but you haven't found the time to complete. This isn't like the Couch potato to 5K, or saving for your kid's college education.

If you look at Lent that way, you will fail. You will not get any meaning out of it, or at least not as much meaning as you could, and you will not have any spiritual growth! Sure Jesus spent 40 days in the desert, but he didn't have a sin nature to fall into - we do.

Living through lent is a lot like living with alcoholism - you have to keep making your resolve!  So instead of looking at Lent like a long journey that gratefully ends six weeks from now - take it day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute. Make your resolutions and try to keep them for TODAY.

and if you stumble, fall, or give in, forgive yourself, and start over!

But for today - just start - just like the sign says.

oh- and keep your sense of humor. God save us all from grumpy penitents!

Now there's some creativity for the new evangelization! Made me smile...
Posted by Christopher West (Official) on Tuesday, February 9, 2016