Lent is upon us...or will be in a few hours. I've thought about my life and my habits, and about what I'd like to change over the course of this penitential season. I've thought about my "idle", thanks to an article at Fallible Blogma. I've considered habits, priorities, and things around me that need particular prayerful attention. It's a humbling realization that 40 days might only scratch the surface of my faithless heart, but I'll just have to pray for the grace to continue on the path of salvation with the same resolve that I feel today.
**I'm not giving up Facebook...completely. I am going to log out on my phone so that I don't just wander there out of habit. Fast days, I won't be on at all. I'm going to try to fill those "just a couple of minutes" times with work or prayer, and hopefully learn to value those moments more.
**I'm going to set aside some things in my diet that rob me of my energy and my health, since my good nature (ha!) and patience go with it. Soda, sweets, afternoon coffee...buh-bye. Hello again, Friday fasting. Discipline in one area translates to discipline in other areas, and discipline and diligence are two virtues that I need to develop.
**I'm going to make a point of following some things that the Lord has placed heavily on my heart and in my mind the last few weeks, in prayer and study. I'll write as I go, and pray for the grace and fortitude to be bold, to be wise, and to be courageous. "...courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the breaking point." --C.S. Lewis
I wish you all a blessed, fruitful Lent that bursts into Easter joy, finding your soul ready to receive the blessings God has for you!