Holy Hints Thursday – January 17, 2013

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It is my intention to present to readers every Thursday a post called, “Holy Hints Thursday.”  Holy Hints Thursday will contain 5 top strategies for some topic related to working Catholic moms.  If you have suggestions for topics to address, please send those along, and I will do my best to address each topic.

Today, I would like to offer 5 top strategies to begin preparing your hearts and spiritual journeys for Lent.  Although we have just entered Ordinary time in our liturgical calendar, it is not too early to begin thinking about Lent, which is right around the corner.

Our beautiful church has so many opportunities during Ordinary time for us to focus our hearts and minds toward our Lenten journey.  I’ve never gotten so excited about Ordinary time until this year.  After an eventful Advent, I’ve longed for Lent.  But to get to Lent, we have to pass through the ordinary…Jesus in our ordinary lives…without the hoopla…without the pomp and circumstance…And then we get to enter into a mystery during Lent.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church says (540):

Jesus’ temptation reveals the way in which the Son of god is Messiah, contrary to the way Satan proposes to him and the way men wish to attribute to him. This is why Christ vanquished the Tempter for us: “For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize without our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sinning.” By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert.


So before you enter the desert with Christ, how are you going to encounter Christ? I am going to challenge myself to do the following five things before Lent. I invite you to make your own challenge, or to use this challenge:

    1. Participate in Adoration.  Adoration, especially spending a full hour with our Lord, quiets our hearts and souls, making it “fertile soil” to listen.  Many times when I  go to Adoration, I don’t have an overwhelming “feeling,” which really used to bother me.  What I’ve come to appreciate is the quiet in my heart during this beautiful time with our Lord.  Most of the time, I don’t bring a prayer book…I just go to “be” with my friend, Jesus.  I always leave with my “listening ears” on, ready to hear what the Lord has to say to me.
    2. Go to confession.  A deep cleansing is sometimes needed to prepare your heart for a desert experience.  You will need to be at your best, so partaking in the Sacraments is important pre-Lent.  I love to make a heart-rendering confession before Lent.  These are usually my best confessions, not because I intentionally hold the “big one” for before Lent, but because I am preparing for the desert, almost like I prepare for a big test.  I want to purge myself of anything that will get in my way of the test.  Confession does that for me.
    3. Dig into Scripture.  During Ordinary time, I love reading the beginning of the Gospels…you know, the ones that describe when Jesus called His apostles…the one where he performed miracles.  I like to focus in on the women of the New Testament.  It is great during Ordinary time to remind yourself how INCREDIBLE Jesus was with women!  It reminds me this is how he is RIGHT NOW with me…He is always looking to take care of me, tell me the truth, and walk with me on my journey.
    4. Pick a Saint to learn about, and to ask intercession.  I have some favorite Saints…St. Padre Pio, St. Faustina, St. Gianna Molla, St. Therese of Avila, St. Catherine of Sienna…I ask these saints each day to pray for me and my family.  I especially ask these saints to pray for my daughters to find Holy vocations, and if marrying, to find Holy spouses.  But, I could honestly use a broadening of my saints.  I am going to pick a new saint to learn about.  Suggestions needed and will be taken under consideration.
    5. Make a list of people in your family, community, work environment, mom’s group, etc., to pray for.  The list is going to be intentional and specific about their prayer requests.  I’m HORRIBLE at doing this consistently.  That is why this is on the list for my challenges.  This is going to be the most difficult one for me, because I want to do this consistently.  Any advice is appreciated!

So…the first Holy Hints Thursday! I hope you enjoy, but I also mostly hope you enter into a challenge during Ordinary time, in order to enter the desert on February 13th.

Peace of Christ to you and yours!

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