Lent 2016


Today is Ash Wednesday - the first of 40 days of Lent leading up to the Easter. There are all sorts of great resources on keeping lent. We stole this one from The House for All Sinners and Saints. You might also follow along with Pray As You Go or find a book like Bread and Wine. However you observe it, we hope you find some sacred moments in this Lenten season. 

40 Ideas for Keeping a Holy Lent

Adapted from House for All Sinners and Saints 2012 www.houseforall.org

Day 1: Pray for your enemies

Day 2: Walk, carpool, bike or bus it.

Day 3: Don’t turn on the car radio

Day 4: Give $20 to a non-profit of your choosing



Day 5: Take 5 minutes of silence at noon

Day 6: Look out the window until you find something of beauty you had not noticed before

Day 7: Give 5 items of clothing to Global Neighborhood

Day 8: No whining day

Day 9: Do someone else’s chore

Day 10:Pray that the best will happen to the public person you dislike the most



Day 11: Call an old friend

Day 12: Pray the Paper (pray for people and situations in today’s news)

Day 13: Read Psalm 139 

Day 14: Pay a few sincere compliments

Day 15: No TV day

Day 16: Educate yourself about human trafficking http://www.generationalive.org/fight-slavery-rescources 



Day 17: Forgive someone

Day 18: Internet diet

Day 19: Change one light in your house to a compact florescent or LED

Day 20: Pray with Sacred Space www.sacredspace.ie/daily-prayer 

Day 21: Ask for help

Day 22: Tell someone what you are grateful for



Day 23: Introduce yourself to a neighbor

Day 24: Read Psalm 121

Day 25: Bake a cake

Day 26: No shopping day

Day 27: Light a virtual candle www.rejesus.co.uk/site/module/post_a_prayer/# 

Day 28: Light an actual candle




Day 29: Write a thank you note to a teacher/coworker/friend.

Day 30: Invest in canvas shopping bags

Day 31: Use Freecycle www.freecycle.org

Day 32: Donate art supplies to your local elementary school

Day 33: Read John 8:1-11

Day 34: Fast from self-criticism



Day 35: Confess a secret

Day 36: No sugar day – where else is there sweetness in your life?

Day 37: Give $20 to a local non-profit

Day 38: Educate yourself about a saint www.catholic.org/saints

Day 39: Pray for peace

Day 40: Pray for your enemies (you probably have new ones by now) then decide which of these exercises you’ll keep for good