I've been perusing websites for ideas on how to further my experience of Lent, and from them with previous experiences and understandings, Lent can be observed through three main things: praying, fasting, and giving. This online magazine has been especially helpful for good ideas on how to observe Lent in original ways, focusing on involving children as well. Here is what I am going to do:
Praying: I am going to really push myself to pray at night. Saying the 'Our Father' will root me, and it calms me like nothing else. I have never been to confession in my life, and I will try to go at least once. I noticed OLPH has confession from 4:00 to 4:30, so I could just head over after school. How wonderful would it be to have confession, and finally be able to recive communion in a Sunday morning mass?
Fasting: I will be fasting from facebook 4 days out 7, will have one screen-free day a week (no TV/computer/etc), and will only be reading books that are religious in nature (I will be re-reading this, but also keeping in mind that I need to read my textbook for exams. Im sure God doesnt want me to observe Lent by failing.) I will of course be observing meatless Fridays, and also be drinking only water 5 out of the 7 days of the week.
Giving: I will be making mass marmelade and dropping jars off at the nursing home and Anna - Laberge Hospital and make sure to give blood once. I have other ideas but am not sure if I will be able to do them, because of time/schedule constraints.
I will also be reading Psalms, as it seems to be reccommended by many sites! Any other reccomendations would be welcome (Amy, Im looking at you!)
'It is not repentance that saves me; repentance is the sign that I realise what God has done in Christ Jesus.'
- Oswald Chambers