Today marks the half-way point of Lent March 7, 2013Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Lent, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
Today is “mid-Lent Thursday,” the half-way point of Lent. How are you doing with your mortifications? I took on three or four, depending on how you look at them, and I’ve been good on most but struggled a bit with one. Partly through just plain forgetting a couple of times what I was doing, and getting back into an old habit, but also now a couple of times because I just gave in. So, some success but a bit of failure, too. I picked some fairly difficult ones this time. They didn’t seem that way before Lent started, but 3 weeks in they seem pretty challenging, now!
One additional thing I wanted to do this Lent was to assist at Mass every day, but that hasn’t happened. Saturdays are just a big problem, I can rarely make it to Mass on Saturday since we’re just so busy. We’ve had 4 soccer games on some Saturdays already this Lent.
Keep going. If you’ve fallen down, that’s OK, get back up and keep trying. Don’t give up. If you haven’t started any mortifications, it’s not too late now. You can still get some value from a half-Lent mortification. Do your best. It’s hard, I know, especially when you weren’t raised Catholic and don’t have practice at mortification. Heck, it’s hard for everyone, because there has been so little emphasis on mortification in the Church that many folks were never raised with that practice, even if cradle Catholics. But it’s never too late to start.
Get your penance on!