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Not sure how to “do Lent?” Here’s how some people observe the season


Justin Fatica | SrMarla Marie Lucas/Facebook | Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

John Burger - published on 03/06/20

Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Pastor, Blogger and author of Letters on Liturgy

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I enjoy a glass of wine or a nightcap of Bourbon, so alcohol is an easy choice when I’m thinking what to give up for Lent. For a holy book I have often read Dante’s Inferno, but this year I’m drawn to G.K. Chesterton’s Fr. Brown stories. They are entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time.

When it comes to prayer, I’m trying to simply slow down with my regular prayer routine of the Divine Office and Rosary every day, and I’m trying to carve out some time for Eucharistic Adoration.

Finally, my life is too sluggish. I’m trying to get some exercise.

Eva Muntean, Co-founder of Walk for Life West Coast

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How am I observing Lent? Imperfectly. But one thing I am doing and encourage others to do is get in touch with your local 40 Days for Life and join the Lenten vigil. What a way to show the Lord you care about His little ones!

It’s important to realize that Lent is about doing things: giving up or doing things that hurt so we can unite it with Christ. I hear so much about people praying more (which is a must), but Lent should be about combining it with doing more. It needs to hurt since He was hurt.

Mario J. Paredes, CEO of SOMOS Community Care, Inc.

Mario J. Paredes
Somos Community Care, Inc.

My Christian life is very simple and totally committed to my work, which is currently to direct a not-for-profit organization for over 2,500 primary physicians working with the most poor and vulnerable in the City of New York.

Every morning during the Lenten season, and throughout the year, I go to Mass and spend some time in adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament. I read the Scriptures and read the Little Black Book published by the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan.

Beginning with Ash Wednesday, I practice fasting and abstinence. Over the past five years, I have invited a priest to distribute ashes to the members of my organization who are Catholic. There are over 150 employees.

The most important aspect of this season for me is to intensify my prayer life, receive the Sacrament on a daily basis and scrutinize the Scriptures by practicing the Lectio Divina.

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