And last, but not least,
40 Options for Lent
1. Learn about your patron saint.
2. Pray for — by name — people you don't like and for people that
don't like you.
3. Participate in a healing service.
4. Read a Catholic magazine every time you visit the library.
5. March 19, in honor of St. Joseph, patron saint of carpenters and
fathers, build or build upon a relationship with one of your children.
6. Buy two of everything on your grocery list, and give the duplicates
to the local food pantry.
7. Find out why you should have fun on Laetare Sunday, and then do so.
8. Start a "cuss bowl." For every unkind word you utter, put in a
dollar — two dollars during Holy Week. After Easter, give the money to
an English as a second language program.
9. Bring a "Baltimore Catechism" to a gathering of Catholic friends,
and start asking each other questions.
10. Give away a material item you really value.
11. Pray for those, e.g., children, parents, spouse, siblings, who
have left the church.
12. Talk to a neighbor you rarely or never talk to.
13. Keep a dish of ashes in a prominent place as a constant reminder
of the season.
14. Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
15. Test your knowledge of Scripture.
16. Read a biography about Archbishop Oscar Romero and/or watch the
17. Open a Christmas Club account with the intention of giving the
money to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
18. Visit a church when you don't have to.
19. Reserve a button on your car stereo for the Relevant Radio station
in your area.
20. Pray the news — for the people whose stories of hardship are
reported daily and weekly.
21. Read an entry from a Catholic encyclopedia.
22. Attend Mass at a parish other than your own
23. Tithe your tax return.
24. If Catholic schools get NCAA tournament bids, learn for whom those
schools were named.
25. Observe five minutes of silence every day.
26. Instead of watching the Academy Awards, watch "The Passion of the Christ."
27. Use a Lenten theme in decorating part of a room.
28. Memorize a Proverb.
29. Participate in a faith formation presentation.
30. Tell someone your story(ies) of faith, how God has made a
difference in your life.
31. Disconnect the TV and/or the computer.
32. Identify your God-given gifts, how you use them, and how you could
use them better.
33. Fast from gossip.
34. Pull the rosary out of your drawer and say it. Too boring? Say the
35. Remove your watch before leaving for church on Palm Sunday.
36. Develop a prayer list.
37. Read a history of the papacy.
38. Find out who Raamah, Putiel, and Uzzah are.
39. Sacrifice your time in order to help others.
40. In the words of St. Francis of Assisi, "Preach the Gospel at all
times, and when necessary use words."
I wish I could remember where I found these 40 options but alas, I can't.