Our Lenten Penitential Practices
Prayer: as an opportunity to re-establish our communication, our friendship and our fidelity to God.
First Week of Lent – “You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve” (Luke 4:8, see Deut 6:13) Was Jesus teaching us to put God first in prayer and worship? How are we to worship God?
Fasting: a practice that helps us to detach ourselves from the superfluous, from what is not necessary to free ourselves from so many attachments that prevent us from living authentically Christian lives.
First Week of Lent – “Man does not live by bread alone” (Luke 4:4, see Deut 8:3) Was Jesus reminding us that fasting shows God is more important to us than any earthly things we desire. Jesus reminding us that fasng shows God is more important to us than any earthly thing we desire? What must I give up or detach to worship God?
Almsgiving: it must be the fruit of the two previous practices and it must lead us to live in the fullness of charity. It must be the sign that helps us to respect, recognize, accept our neighbor and serve with the love with which we must serve Christ.
First Week of Lent – “You shall not put the Lord, your God to the test” (Luke 4:12, see Deut 6:16) Was Jesus reminding us not to test God by expecting God to intervene to look a!er those in need but for us to do so? Offer some basic need of your daily life to God and others.