Changing our Hearts this Lent

​​​​The season of Lent is one of opportunity for growth for each of us. We need to be kind to ourselves and nurture our spirits with prayer. We are also asked to fast and give to the poor. Pope Francis states, "No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great." So, if we’re going to fast from anything this Lent, Pope Francis suggests that even more than candy or alcohol, we fast from indifference towards others. When we fast from this indifference, we can begin to feast on love.

Here are some thoughts on how we can change our hearts this Lent.
Give up complaining - Focus on Gratitude
Give up pessimism - Become an Optimist
Give up worry - Trust Divine Providence
Give up bitterness - Turn to Forgiveness
Give up hatred - Return Good for evil
Give up negativism - Be positive
Give up anger - Be more patient
Give up pettiness - Become more mature
Give up gloom - Enjoy the beauty all around you
Give up jealousy - Pray for Trust
Give up gossiping - Speak to please
Give up sin - Turn to virtue
Give up on giving up- Hang in there!