So, how is your Lent going so far?
For me, the liturgical season is not going quite as I’d envisioned. It started out just fine, with Ash Wednesday Mass on March 6. That day I had grand plans for the rest of the season — read more Scripture, make more time for prayer and, of course, go to confession on March 13, the Diocese of Rochester’s Day of Penance and Mercy.
However, we all know what happens to the best-laid plans. I ended up having to take two of our kids to the pediatrician on March 13, and while trying to figure out how to work that extra appointment into our already-busy schedule, I completely forgot about confession. Oops.
I haven’t failed completely at Lent. I have made more time for prayer in the daily life of our family. Every morning on the way to school my daughters and I thank God for the new day and ask him to help us do our best and share his love with everyone we meet.
I’m proud that we’ve made this prayer a part of our morning routine, but I know my spiritual life definitely has room for improvement. I think that’s why one of the stories I worked on this month resonated with me so much. It’s about a few mobile apps that local Catholics have been using during Lent to help them exercise the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
These apps send notifications to users’ phones to remind them to pray, donate to Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl and go to confession. They also include such useful things as the words to various prayers and a step-by-step guide to going to confession.
I’ve downloaded these all onto my phone. Here’s hoping they help me finish Lent strong!
Burke is a staff writer for the Catholic Courier.