“If I don’t fill my mind with prayer, I fill it with anxiety, worry, temptations and resentment.”
I was thinking this exact thought the other day as I thought about what I want to do during Lent…
I think a lot of sin happens because of unhealthy coping mechanisms.
Like when we gossip about someone else’s’ life in an effort to overlook or ignore the bad habits in our own. Or when we over-do anything (shopping, eating, binge-watching netflix, etc.) and try to fill the void in our heart with anything but Him.
So I’ve been thinking about how I fill that void and emptiness in my heart when I’m sad, in pain, or feeling upset. And I’ve been thinking about how I can correct some of those bad habits during Lent… not merely in an effort to have better habits, but in an effort to return to Him with my whole heart.
Because when I’m trying to fill that void with things other than Him, I’m not only coping badly, I’m also stepping further and further away from Him; further away from realizing my need for Him, and how He provides.
So that’s what I want to focus on this Lent: intentionally noticing when I’m turning away from Him, correcting that, and trying to return to Him.
It’s a huge focus of Lent for all Catholics and it’s the focus of our online Lenten Retreat.
I’ve been producing these online retreats for a few years now and one thing I’ve come to learn over and over again is that we’ll never quite be able to check a box and say that we’re done working on our relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord. This is the never-ending work of our lives, day in and day out.
And what I try to do with our online retreats is make it so that you can easily work on that relationship wherever you are and whenever you have the time.
You can watch the videos (there are 20 altogether — about 3 or 4 each week during Lent), you can listen to them (you can download them and take ’em on the go), or you can read through the transcripts if that’s more your thing. We also provide a reflective study guide for each talk.
You can do the retreat on your own, you can do it with your husband, or you can do it with your small group (Bible studies, womens’ groups, RCIA meetings — we’ve heard it all).
The important thing is that you do something, and that that something is something that will help you return to the Lord.
All of the materials will be released on March 6th, the first day of Lent (Ash Wednesday).
You can also take a peek at the amazingly talented speakers who will be joining us here. We also list all of the talk titles there, so you can get a good idea of which topics are going to be covered throughout the retreat.
I hope you’ll join us!