Wednesday, February 22, 2012
First Lent, thoughts and advice welcomed!
Good morning on this first day of my first lent. I am not actually a catholic yet, but I will be easter weekend. This is my trial run. Alex and Serena are off to mass this morning, I am going to the 7pm mass with my RCIA class. I still don't really feel like I have the whole picture of what lent is all about. Here is what I know:
I know it is a time for prayer and repentance and contemplation
I know that it is 40 days, it ends on Holy thursday, we abstain from meat on fridays (and today) and we are supposed to give up something to be more like Jesus.
I know Jesus went into the desert.
I was looking in my bible this morning to see if I could find some stuff to help me out, I figured the new testament, one of the gospels, I picked Luke, and in chapter 4 "The Temptation of Jesus", Jesus says that "you shall not put the Lord, your god, to the test". Here the devil was tempting him and testing him. I sort of get it, I see that we should just trust god. Any thoughts on this? In Matthew's account he also says "One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God". For me this makes sense of why we fast, to try to overcome your bodily hunger and get in touch with your soul and focus on god and not ourselves.
I have a Pocket Book of Catholic Prayers that I bought HERE on Amazon. It has prayers for everything and even info on the mass. The lent prayers are a prayer to be freed of the 7 deadly sins, a prayer of contrition, a prayer to know Jesus Christ and a prayer to appreciate mass. This gives me some insight into what I am to focus on during this Lenten season. Also, our songs we practice in choir are much more somber and contemplative, even sad. I think for me, I just need to spend this lent learning and getting ready for my confirmation. I have been doing that, but this is "go time" and I need to really focus. I would like to try to pray the rosary at least once a day. That is a goal I think I can accomplish and I really think it will help with my studies.
Oh, and I will finally get to go to confession, right before my confirmation. Confessing your sins is a big part of lent too.
Also, the big question, what am I giving up? Facebook. I saw it on another blog and thought it was appropriate for me, since I spend too much time looking at what others are doing in their day and not focusing on mine.
So, I would say "Happy Lent", but I know that that is not appropriate. What do we say to others during this season?