WIW: Sunday (Lenten Reflection)

Today I was asked to write a “Lenten Reflection” by the gals over at Fine Linen and Purple, who host the link-up of “What I Wore” to Mass every Sunday. Here goes nothin’!

I think I can count two seasons of Lent when I reached Easter and actually felt I had prepared for Christ’s resurrection, that I had been cleansed and grown. This year I am really trying to grow in Holiness, closer to the Lord and in the faith. It is so helpful to have daily reminders (homilies, the people in my community, etc.) of my Lenten observances, but perhaps even more helpful is learning about and having the practices and purposes explained.

During Lent, in order to cleanse and purify our hearts, contemplate the passion and death of Christ, to prepare and be able to fully celebrate the resurrection, we are called to: fast, pray and give alms. I am a very practical person, so here is a little synopsis of these three tasks we are called to, and a practical way you can put them into practice. I hope these help you along your Lenten journey!

Fasting
Purpose: Growth in self-control, so that we may free the body as opposed to being enslaved to the body.
Practical Application:
Don’t spend as much time on the internet/tv.
Give up a little dessert or seconds at a meal.
Try not to say any negative or sarcastic jokes.
Hardcore: Only eat bread and drink water for one day.

Prayer
Purpose: “Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” –Matthew 26:41
Practical application: Take on a special prayer devotion such as the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, A Novena, The Morning Offering Prayer, etc.
Offering it up whenever you get impatient, envious, scared, mad, excited, lonely, etc.
Pray for those who wrong you, who annoy you, as well as those you love and care for.

Almsgiving
Purpose: To grow in the virtue of generosity to overcome greed.
Practical Application: Give a little gift to a friend, pay for a meal for a friend or stranger (drive-thru difference).
Get something from the store for a sick family member/friend (medicine, their favorite comfort food, etc).
Offer something to someone who asks for something, or even when they don’t ask for it, even if you really want it. (Ie. The last piece of cake, the choice of where to go for dinner, etc).
Choose an organization whose mission you really stand behind and give a donation or volunteer to help with them.

Today we went to Mass at the closest Basilica to us: Cristo Re. It was really wonderful because there was a choir made up of families, young and old and the songs were so upbeat and lively. It is an absolutely gorgeous day in Rome. Viva Cristo Re!

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Glasses: Zenni Optical, Scarf: Target, Jacket: Old Navy, Top: Target, Skirt: Wal-Mart, Tennies: Target,

I bought this skirt specifically for the first time I came to Rome 6 years ago, and realized I styled it today exactly how I did back then…

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15 comments

  1. Kathryn Whitaker · March 3, 2013

    That looks like the perfect outfit for Rome – how lovely you look!

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  2. The skirt is so cut! And funny you styled it the same way six years later!

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  3. Mary · March 3, 2013

    Wonderful reflection for Lent…thanks for sharing.

    I love the outfit this week. It looks perfect for spring. Such a wonderful time to be in Rome!

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  4. Erica S. · March 3, 2013

    Love your skirt!

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  5. laurachristine06 · March 3, 2013

    Thank you for the reflection. You look lovely–very chic.

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  6. Autumn Irlbeck · March 3, 2013

    Such a wonderful and accessible reflection Catherine! Thank you for sharing! You look well and GORGEOUS! Hope you are enjoying the Holy City immensely:-)

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  7. Jen M · March 3, 2013

    What a cute outfit! Love the white scarf, it really brightens up the darker top!

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  8. Blair · March 3, 2013

    What a fun outfit! And what an amazing time to be in Rome! I’m so jealous!

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  9. Beth (A Mom's Life) · March 3, 2013

    Love that skirt! And it came from Walmart???

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  10. Kiera @Contranaut Girl · March 4, 2013

    You have such a fun style! Love the outfit.

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  11. Jeannine · March 4, 2013

    Thank you so much for your beautifully explained words of wisdom! It is especially well-written. I could use a Lenten jumpstart.

    Such an airy, fresh look. The skirt is especially lovely. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  12. Stephanie · March 4, 2013

    I love how you added in the practical applications for Lenten promises–I think sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the broad senses of the words, but you’re so right that fasting and giving alms, in particular, can be tailored in a lot of different ways to an individual to help her grow in the virtues she most specifically could use some help with. And this is such a good outfit, Catherine! That’s hilarious that you’ve worn it twice =)

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  13. Kendra · March 7, 2013

    I’m a sucker for printed skirts. Yours is delightful!
    Thanks for linking up, and for doing the reflection this week!

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