I have found a good link for Lent 2010. It is quite comprehensive in information and links, enough to get one started early, and hopefully, properly, this year.
Not just because the Church says so, but I have found that Easter becomes more joyful whenever I go through Lent seriously, as in to the best of my abilities. During those years when Lent just passed me by without making certain decisions for more fasting, praying, and almsgiving, I did not experience the same triumphant personal rising at Easter as I did during my "good years".
So this year I will plan ahead a bit, and have less of the world, so I can have more of the Lord.
I will share with you my simple decisions for the season of Lent:
1. Fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (again, not just because it's "required", but it is good for the soul. Fasting is one meal and two snacks, according to our parish priest.)
2. Wake up 30 minutes early and incorporate more meditation/ reflection/ journaling into my prayer time.
3. Daily mass as often as I can.
4. One hour of adoration a week.
5. Go to Confession.
6. Revisit my spiritual book supply and read those I have postponed reading for one reason or another (not ready; no time; lazy; afraid).
7. Continue attending weekly bible study and serving in various ways at the parish.
8. Go on a personal retreat.
9. Join a Lenten recollection or day of prayer.
10. Do random acts of kindness to strangers and lovedones alike.
Sharing this makes it clearer for me and reminds me to be more conscientious in my decisions. How about you, my dear readers? What would you like to do this Lent, to know Christ more fully, and let Him more into your life? Feel free to post your comments. God bless!