According to www.openbible.info in 2012 this is a Word Cloud that represents what people are giving up during the Lenten Season. Is your fast somewhere on the above word cloud? (You can also go on their site and see past years.)
And to be honest. Do many of these things really keep us from experiencing God? If not…what truly keeps us from God that we should really give up?
Lent is more than just about a fast. Lent is a time for our own reflection.
A time for Prayer.
A time for Penitence.
A time for Forgiveness.
But more importantly. Lent is a time to focus on humanity. Just how Christ focused his love toward us when choosing to return back to Jerusalem and make things right.
Below is a Word Cloud taken from Pope John Paul II & Pope Benedict’s lenten homilies the last ten years. What are the real themes of Lent according to the Holy See?
Here are a few prayers to reflect on during Ash Wednesday:
Father in Heaven,
the light of your truth bestows sight
to the darkness of sinful eyes.
May this season of repentance
bring us the blessing of Your forgiveness
and the gift of Your light.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen
O Lord and Giver of my life,
give me not the spirit of laziness,
despair, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of sobriety,
humility, patience and love to Thy servant.
O Lord and King,
grant me to see my own transgressions
and not to judge my brother,
for blessed art Thou unto ages of ages. Amen
–St. Ephraim the Syrian (AD 305-373)