Every year, I look forward to the season of Lent, which begins today (on Ash Wednesday) and is the forty-day period of prayer, fasting, and penance before the joyous occasion that is Easter. Most of the time, you’ll hear people talking about what they’re going to be giving up for Lent, or how they’re going to develop their prayer life. (Lent is a time of fasting, but these days, it’s not always interpreted as a “fasting” from food, hence the reason why we give certain things up.)
As I have done since I was 14, I am giving up music for Lent. It helps to have the extra time of silence to allow me to think without interruption, and even pray a little more when my head isn’t so filled with noise. If I can spend the majority of my time feeling serene, I’ll know I’m doing something right.
Last year for Lent, I learned how to pray the Hail Mary in Latin. The year before that, I learned how to pray the Our Father in Latin. (And I still pray both of them from time to time.) This year, I’m going to focus on praying novenas, which are prayers for specific intentions that are prayed over a period of nine days (or nine weeks, or nine months).
I hope you have a happy and prayerful Lenten season!