A regular family Rosary

Gathering family together to say the Rosary isn't always easy. With younger kids, keep your expectations low: if they toddle off in the middle of a Hail Mary it's not an issue. The important thing is to be stay consistent and give them the example. As they get older you can involve them by having them take turns saying the prayers aloud.

A morning walk

If you're not a morning person this can be a true sacrifice. Set your alarm a little earlier once a week and get outside for a stroll before breakfast. Use this time to reflect on the week ahead, or the week that's passed, and give thanks for all that has been good. Not only will gratitude give you a boost, so will the fresh air.


Life is hectic, so if you can give up a moment in your week to help others you'll feel not only rewarded, but that you're doing your best to fulfill your Christian duty. Whether you can get your kids involved or not, it's something that might even create new friendships, as well as support those in need.

Eat from the Bible

Choose one meal a week and model it after food the early Christians may have eaten. It might help you to focus your mind on the basics, while keeping away from processed foods. As a guide, here are some foods from over 2,000 years ago that Jesus and His followers would have eaten.

Keep a prayer book

Some of the most beautiful prayers come straight from the heart. Buy a notebook and write down one prayer each week. In a whole year, you'll have gathered a wonderful collection. It might also jog your memory of events in your life where you needed guidance or help, or the happier times for which you gave thanks.

Dust up on your Latin

For those who are linguistically talented -- or just passionate about the classics -- why not dedicate an hour a week to learning some Latin, especially the Latin used in Mass? For the truly gifted, you could try to learn Aramaic, Jesus' mother tongue. There are plenty of apps and websites that can help!

Know your saints

Many of us have a handful of saints we know well, but why not make a concerted effort to get to know some more of the Church's holy men and women? You could do this with your kids, too, and teach them about all the wonderful things men and women have been doing for centuries in the name of our Lord.

Pray more

Lots of people feel they don't have enough time for prayer. If you want to make prayer a priority during Lent, why not do it? You can set specific times, or you can set your mind to offer up prayers throughout the day.

Fast forever

You don't need to go to the lengths of some of the saints who lived purely off the Eucharist, but you can make an effort in terms of dedicating one day to fasting, like Fridays, or limiting your food during certain hours, or fasting from something you've been wanting to give up.

Switch off

Many of us could count up the hours wasted scrolling through social media. Try one evening a week where you ditch the screens -- including the television -- and read a book (or write in that prayer book mentioned earlier!). For those with a little more determination, you can make this a habit multiple times throughout the week.

Pick an environmental challenge

Whether you choose to go a day a week without air conditioning or heating, or opt to shower instead of taking a bath (or maybe go for cold showers instead of hot!); do a little more to take care of God's creation. It's great to get the kids involved, too -- they can start building these habits from a young age!