Did you know that on the third, fourth and fifth Sundays in Lent, our RCIA elect and candidates go through a special rite called scrutinies. The Scrutinies expose the profound love of God and the desire for God to bring all people to full freedom and salvation.
During this time, mass readings are taken from Year A instead of Year C.
Lent reminds us of the spiritual richness of our faith and the selfless love of Christ. However, with this heightened awareness of spirituality and abstinence, Lent can be daunting for first-time and even existing Catholics. These are 3 tips to survive Lent and make it a meaningful one:
- Attend Mass. At Mass, you unite with Christ in the Eucharist and grow closer to Him. Going to Mass every Sunday and holy day of obligation is a must — going more often is even better.
- Pray Daily. St Teresa of Avila once said, “For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.” Strive to maintain your friendship with God through daily prayer.
- Offer Things Up. Christ loved us so much that he suffered on the cross for us – his sacrifice is a hopeful reminder that our suffering is not worthless. When a difficulty presents itself, offer it to Jesus in union with his suffering.