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5 Tips for living Lent

Jesus taught us different steps to live this Lent with Him. That is why we do these small things

Fasting

As a sign of respect, we are invited to not eat red meat on Wednesdays and Fridays, to avoid speaking ill of others, to put our pride aside and reflect on our actions.

Almsgiving

Teach those who do not know, share time, accompany the sick, feed the hungry, visit the imprisoned.

Prayer

Pray personally at all times throughout the day, offering each activity to God, pray as a family, with someone who is sick, participate in mass, ask for the intercession of the Virgin Mary by praying the rosary in your community.

Penance

Approach the sacrament of confession, heal and forgive those who offend us, resolve old conflict situations, turn to the word of God to reflect and have strength and accompany Jesus in the Way of the Cross.

Sacrifice

Ask God for enlightenment in prayer to understand which sacrifice best pleases Him and to have the strength and love to do it.

5 Bible passages to live Lent better

The Bible offers enriching passages that illuminate the path for Christians during Lent. Here are some references

Jesus is tempted in the desert (Matthew 4,1-11)

During Lent, we reflect on Jesus' experience in the desert, where he fasted for 40 days and was tempted by Satan.

The Lord gives instructions on fasting (Matthew 6,16-18)

Jesus teaches us that we should not fast to impress others, but as a genuine expression of our relationship with God.

He repents and believes in the Gospel (Mark 1,15)

The Church invites us to take advantage of this time to approach the sacrament of confession, which is a process of personal and community conversion and repair.

For dust you are and to dust you will return (Genesis 3,19)

These words remind us of our mortality and the need to prepare for eternal life.

Don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing (Matthew 6:3)

In this passage, Jesus exhorts us to do good without seeking external recognition.

5 Teachings from Pope Francis for Lent

We immerse ourselves in the inspiring words of Pope Francis in his Message for Lent 2024

Place of first love

Lent is the time of grace in which the desert once again becomes – as the prophet Hosea announces – the place of first love (cf. Hos 2:16-17). God educates his people to abandon their slavery and experience the passage from death to life. Like a husband he draws us back to himself and whispers words of love into our hearts.

God does not get tired of us.

Let us welcome Lent as the strong time in which his Word addresses us again: "I am the Lord, your God, who brought you out of Egypt, from a place of slavery" (Ex 20:2). It is time of conversion, time of freedom. Jesus himself, as we remember each year on the first Sunday of Lent, was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tested for his freedom.

Stop for love

It is time to act, and in Lent to act is also to stop. Stop in prayer, to welcome the Word of God, and stop like the Samaritan, before the wounded brother. The love of God and neighbor is one love.

Heart movements

Prayer, almsgiving and fasting are not three independent exercises, but a single movement of opening, of emptying: away from the idols that overwhelm us, away from the attachments that imprison us. Then the atrophied and isolated heart will awaken.

Decisions against the current

May Lent also be a time of community decisions, of small and large decisions against the current, capable of changing the daily lives of people and the life of a neighborhood: shopping habits, care for creation, the inclusion of the invisible or the despised.

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