PRAYER

  1. Ask the Blessed Virgin to help you to pray. She is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit and will obtain from Him that grace.
  2. Be mindful that the soul needs prayer as the body needs air; prayer connects God and man. Set aside a little time every day to pray. Make this a habit. The same time, the same place every day. Speak with the Lord as you would with your closest friend.
  3. Read from the Gospels or the Epistles. Read just a little, then spend ten minutes thinking about it. Read it again. What is it saying to you? How is it challenging you?
  4. Pray five decades of the Rosary; offer it in reparation for your sins, for the sins of the world, and for the Church.
  5. Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy; offer it for those nearing death, for those who cannot or do not pray, and for the Holy Souls in Purgatory (yes, it really exists).

FASTING

  1. Abstain from meat on Fridays; offer it in union with the Passion of the Lord, for the good of souls. Remember – as Christians, we are called to share in His Passion and in His love of souls.
  2. Eat less. Fasting is good for the soul, as it mortifies the senses and reminds us of higher values.
  3. Choose something you like to eat – maybe sugar, maybe something else – and avoid it throughout Lent. Remember to offer it up so that it has redemptive value.
  4. Be happy with what you have to eat; many would be deeply grateful if they had what we so easily complain about. Remember to give thanks to God for His divine providence, without which we would have nothing at all.
  5. Leave your food unseasoned; this small action, done over and over, can obtain grace when offered up, and can help us keep in mind that food is a means to an end, not an end in itself.

ALMSGIVING

  1. Give to a local charity. Local charities have little means or publicity but usually have great need. Remember – tell no-one. If you boast, there is no value in it, for you will have had your reward already.
  2. Give to those who beg. Don’t concern yourself with their need or their motives – simply give and don’t count the cost. Do it for love of the Lord, Who sees what you do “for the least of My brethren”.
  3. Consider the talents God has given you – how can you use these to help others around you? Giving alms includes giving time and effort, as much as it includes giving money.
  4. Actively see those around you who are in need of any sort – what can you do to help them right now? What about the elderly, the poor, the sick, the imprisoned?
  5. Remember: whatever almsgiving you do, it must be done quietly and for love of God and of neighbour. It must seek no reward. It is it’s own reward.