In the midst of our Lenten journey, we remember to practice the three pillars of this season: almsgiving, fasting, and prayer. We can think of prayer as a conversation with God, with more than one way to reach him. Consider one of the four ways below to pray effectively during Lent. Incase you missed it, here are 3 Ways to Practice Almsgiving During the Season of Lent.
1. Practice daily prayer
In these forty days, we are called to pray. Creating a habit of daily prayer enables us to strengthen the commitment we have to fulfill the pillars of Lent. Staying faithful to daily prayer can be as simple as taking a few minutes in the morning or night to pray a decade of The Rosary.
2. Participate in a prayer group
Need an extra push to fulfill your Lenten prayers? Try joining a prayer group. If you cannot find one in your area, start one of your own with members of your parish community! A prayer group can provide necessary support and encouragement in an open setting that can help us grow spiritually.
3. Participate in the Stations of the Cross
A mainstay of Fridays during Lent is for parish communities to offer the Stations of the Cross. Praying the Stations of the Cross not only helps you fulfill the Lenten pillar of prayer, but also strengthens your relationship with Jesus. You can check your parish bulletin or website to find out times when the Stations of the Cross will be offered.
4. Go to confession
During Lent, we are encouraged to receive the sacrament of Penance, which provides us with the opportunity to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness from God. You can check your local parish for Confession times throughout the week. If you have not received the sacrament in some time and need help, click here for a resource guide from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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