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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Lent Meme

Angela M. tagged me for a meme...I hope she isn't too disappointed.

1. What’s been your best Lenten-effort-idea ever?

Hmm....well, every year is dismal, so I honestly have to say I haven't had any good ideas or efforts. Last Lent I started school, and it was penance just to write papers, but it lent (no pun intended) to my discipline. Yet I still failed in my chosen penance.

2. And your worst?

Everything. Sorry, can't be more specific. I'm a complete spiritual failure.

3. What Lenten advice would you share?

Don't give up! No matter what, don't give up. Get up again and again and again, as many times as you have to! Because it doesn't matter how many times you fall, but rather, what you do to continue to pursue Christ. And the very moment you give up...the Tempter wins. Falling isn't the problem. The problem is that we so often give up, and the moment we give up, that's when we really deny Christ.

4. And what will feature this year?

This year the first couple weeks went well, and then I crash-landed again. But I've taken up praying Stations of the Cross daily. I don't know if I'll be taking that through the weekend, but today I was in tears. Which was unfortunate, because I was at work and really didn't want to have to explain to anyone why my eyes were red and my face all tearstained. And thankfully, I didn't have to.

I tag...anyone else who is a failure during Lent.


Cathy_of_Alex said...

Adoro: I feel like rending my garments and sitting in an ash pit after reading this and that you are a colon. For heaven's sake, girl, GET UP!

adoro said...

What!? You have a problem with me being a colon? What? You think I'm supposed to be a question mark?

Melody said...

Lent Meme
1. What’s been your best Lenten-effort-idea ever?
The times I have been able to go to daily Mass during Lent. (Not able to because of work schedule now)

2. And your worst?
The time I was going to give up wasting food for Lent, so I saved everything instead of throwing it out. Then at the end of Lent I had to clean up the fridge and throw out all the things with green fur.

3. What Lenten advice would you share?
Praying without ceasing is more important than trying to have the perfect "desert experience".

4. And what will feature this year?

This year isn't too spectacular; I'm giving up my favorite snacks and putting the money in the Rice Bowl. It's pretty wimpy but at least will help somebody a little.
Also trying to increase my prayer life, sometimes I do better than others.

Terry Nelson said...

I've failed miserably this lent - which is why I keep posting, "I've fallen and I can't get up!" I need prayers!

Adoro te Devote said...

You got it, Terry!

angelmeg said...

I wonder sometimes if it isn't better for us to fail at our lenten promises than to be successful. When we fail we are brought to our knees and have to confront our brokennes and our inability to do anything without God's grace.

Isn't that then, what He really wanted from us all along?

A meditation and discussion I had with my Spiritual Director after a very dry and dismal lent one year.