So… how’s your Lent going? Are you still waking up early to exercise and go to Mass? Are you still making an effort to be kind to that annoying person? Are you still as strict on the “no-chocolate” rule, or have you creatively found ways around it?
It’s normal that after beginning something like Lent, you are tempted to leave it behind. That’s part of the human inclination we have to comfort and sin. “Sure, you’ve done enough, now why not treat yourself for all the good you’ve done?” “Just this once…” “Tomorrow you’ll jump out of bed right away!” Yeah, sure…
It is so important to practice a little virtue called perseverance, or fidelity. Never until I began taking my spiritual life seriously had I heard so much about being faithful. And yet it is so very important! Who ever got canonized for doing one nice thing once? If you’re thinking about St. Maximilian Kolbe, his “nice” act was done as a consequence of all his hidden good acts throughout his life.
By studying for a few minutes do you think you’ll pass the exam? By practicing with your team once or twice, are you going to win the championship? By picking up the guitar only when you feel like it, are you ever going to get past the only song you know? Once again, the daily lives we lead serve as an example for our spiritual life. God wants to see us with a lasting desire to serve Him, not just when we feel like it. Discipline! Discipline yourself and try to have a couple other people hold you accountable. Mortification— death to self! It’s a long chopping process at your self-love, and yet so necessary!
Keep on and keep going! If in your prayer you can’t think of anything to pray about, find a good meditation on the passion of Christ. Lent is time to reflect upon what He’s done for us, and to ask for the grace to be able to imitate Him the way He wants of you. This Lent could still be one that could mark your life—don’t let your laziness or the devil hold you back.