The 40 days of Lent spiritually reminds us of when Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days and nights. The Lenten season allows us to reflect on, renew, and strengthen our relationship with God.
SMCS Director of Ministry Eric Rudd and Chaplain Fr. Mark Mleziva offer these ideas for SMCS students and the Zephyr community to make Lent a more meaningful time of the year.
- Fast for 40 days – It may seem like it is stating the obvious but find something that you can give up. Whatever it may be (certain food, bad habit, video games, etc.,) let it serve as a daily reminder of renewing a relationship with God. Silence can also be a form of fasting. This allows us to be more reflective on our spiritual lives.
- Add a new prayer habit – Sometimes, the basic concept of praying can be lost. An easy way to renew your purpose of prayer is to start a new prayer habit. Some daily ideas to adopt throughout Lent, and even beyond the 40 days, would be spending time in the chapel, praying the rosary or taking on a bible passage plan.
- Read a spiritual book – Reading can be an easy way to block out the distractions in this busy world. It allows you to tap into your inner-self and have those honest conversations with God. Students and families can contact Mr. Rudd for spiritual book recommendations.
- Get involved with your parish/community – During Lent, there are plenty of events taking place at the local parishes. Regularly look through your parish’s bulletin to find ways to become a more active member. Here are several events taking place during Lent.
- Lenten Speaker Series: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. (St. Gabriel)
- Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 6 p.m. (St. Gabriel)
- Outdoor Stations of the Cross: Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (St. Margaret Mary)
- Fish Fry: Fridays 4-7 p.m. pick up only (St. Patrick)
- Middle school Lenten Mini Lock-in: March 6 (St. Mary and St. John)
- Get connected on social media – As long as you do not give social media up for Lent, this is a resource that is easy to access. Main YouTube accounts include Bishop Robert Barron and “Ascension Presents”. Fr. Mike Schmitz’s podcast, “The Bible in a Year”, can be found on most podcast platforms.
- Go to Reconciliation – The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a way for you to renew your relationship with God. He will bring on forgiveness, which allows us to see His light and meaning clearer. During Lent, create time in your weekly routine for Reconciliation. Fr. Mark is available for Reconciliation for students every Wednesday during 9th hour at SMCHS.
- Do not give up on your goals – Proverbs 24:16 states, “For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.” It is okay to fall short on your Lent goals from time to time. However, try to persevere through those tough times. God’s arms are always open.
At the end of the 40 days, the goal is to reflect and realize you have become a better person and follower of God. Mr. Rudd is a great resource that is always ready to help students further their faith and knowledge.