Ashes to Ashes

Today is Ash Wednesday (in Catholic speak). It is the day that begins our 40 day journey of Lent ending on Easter Sunday. Lent is one of my favorite times of the year because I do think as a Catholic and person it is important to repent and look to the cross in order to be saved from our transgressions.   There is a great video that I have watched over and over again that really explains Ash Wednesday…

I always give up coffee for Lent.  As a rule. 40 days without coffee is a sacrifice.  But I am not going to do that this year.  I decided to give up/do three things that revolve around Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.

Prayer: 10 Hail Mary’s a day for the next 40 days.  That will be 400 Hail Mary’s by the end of Lent.  I have a strong devotion to Mary our Mother so I think that will help me be a better mother and better wife.

Fasting: I will be participating in a “Lenten 40” as I am calling it.  I can give a run-down of the list in another post if anyone is interested. I would do it now, but I left it at home today. Basically, I will be doing 40 reps of 10 different exercises every day during Lent.  My whole family will be participating in this.  We are fasting from laziness, compliance, and being out of control.

Almsgiving: I am going to go through all of the closets and drawers in the house and donate/trash things we do not need or things that are broken.  I started this morning with Megan’s uniforms and will continue throughout the season.  Some people do forty bags, but I am not limiting myself to that.

Hopefully, I will check in with progress throughout the 40 days.  I am hoping by doing these things I will be transformed.

By the way Megan is giving up ice cream and Tyler is giving up McDonald’s. I think this will be good for all of us.

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