Tomorrow, Lent begins. That wonderful penitential season before the Church's greatest Feast. That time of reflection which should help us all to make progress in our spiritual life... or at least try to!
Today then is a time to consider how we will spend this season. What extras will we add to our daily routine? Spiritual reading is a must - a gospel, life of a saint, Catechism of the Catholic Church? Can we spare a little more time to visit the Blessed Sacrament, make Stations of the Cross, a daily Mass, pray an extra rosary? How will we deny ourselves a little comfort...no chocolate, coffee, red wine, a lie in?
Families with young children should work through Lent together, make a Lenten pathway for children with tasks for each day and rewards collected in a jar until Easter, the family altar laid out with purple candles and ribbon as befits the season, a new prayer to learn perhaps.
This Lent the HFG is meeting at Osmotherley in Yorkshire to make the Stations of the Cross outdoors and up a hill to Mount Grace Lady Chapel. Such an activity can also appeal to youth especially if they make and carry a large cross and write their own meditations. So go ahead - you only need some wood and a hill!
Enjoy your Lenten Season so that you feel it fitting to enjoy your Easter!