How to make an effective Lenten resolution

Our chaplain shared today that Lent is about giving up ONE THING that impedes our spiritual growth. Instead, we should target something that is currently stopping us from growing in holiness. He advocates daily adoration, even if it is only for a minute; or a daily rosary.

‘No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second or be attached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.’ ~ Matthew 6:24 The idea is not to sacrifice any random thing that has zero effect on our spiritual life. For instance, it would not make sense to give up chocolate if we were not addicted to it in the first place.

And it need not even be a daily affair. It could be undertaken twice or thrice a week.

He emphasized that the focus should not be on ourselves. For instance, the resolution could be committing to daily exercise. However, the intention should be to cultivate a healthier lifestyle and grow in the virtue of diligence rather than an exercise in vanity/ vain glory. It would be ironic to pursue something all Lent only to realize that our heroic efforts have actually led us to… Sin.

He also added that it is better to prioritize ONE THING and do it well than to aim for five things and do all five poorly. The caveat being that unless we have a history of successfully overcoming ONE THING from past Lents, then it would be wise to work on two or three items.

He mentioned that people lament the lack of time, and yet are able to indulge in television and excessive internet use. He suggests that for this group, having a schedule may be the answer. Touche!

This Lent, I have a lot to work on:

  1. Late nights.
  2. Lack of exercise.
  3. Overuse of social media.

And all three problems would indeed be solved with a stricter regime. 🙂

This Lent, may we dig deep to discern the ONE THING that we are enslaved by which prevents us from pursuing God wholeheartedly and may we commit to working on it!

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