Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ash Wednesday is tomorrow. Are you ready?!

I'm not.


And this day? With the way things are looking at work, it's a good thing I didn't decide to give up wine for Lent, let me tell you.

I do have a Lenten plan. Of sorts. I have an adorable little leaflet from my parish with what they call a simple 1-1-1 plan for Lent:

One sin. One add-in. And one give-up. It's simple and I love it.

I'm going to continue to work on my positivity, especially with regards to my job, over Lent. I suppose this means that I will be working on the sin of complaining. I'm adding in a daily Mass once per week and reading a small daily devotional. I'm going to give up loitering in bed for those precious extra five minutes in the morning and get up to pray a morning offering instead. Bam. Lenten Plan in a Nutshell. It's solid, I tell you. ;-)

Tonight I have to rush home to take Anne for an appointment to have her mop of hair trimmed. Henry will complain about accompanying us to within an inch of his life, GUARANTEED. Mike is picking us up a pizza for dinner, bless him. And then I need to make about 100,000 Scentsy samples and play a Frozen- themed card matching game with Anne for approximately the 700th time. Glamour, all glamour. :0

How is your eve of Ash Wednesday going? I'm planning to leave work early tomorrow to catch the 4 pm Liturgy of the Word service with ash distribution. How about you?


  1. My family is going all out for Fat Tuesday this year. We are going out to dinner with friends. They will be 10 of us. My plan for Lent is to do a morning offering and try to be more intentional in what I do. I'd also like to stop picking at my nails. If giving up something is good training for the will to resist temptation then I'll get a lot of practice since I pick at my nails without realizing it. For Ash Wednesday, I'm planning to go to Mass in the morning.

    1. Hi Melanie! I love your Mardi Gras plan! We have some friends who are down in New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year, and we've been following along on Facebook. I think that distinction between Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday really makes for a powerful start to Lent. I like it!

      I also love your plan for your nails. I do this too, it's a nervous habit. And it's good to try to work on those, as it makes us more aware of what is bringing us anxiety to begin with. It all goes back to St. Francis de Sales. ;-)

  2. Plan to attend 6:30 pm Mass this Ash Wednesday. My first Ash Wednesday as a confirmed Catholic!

    1. Hi Beth, oh my goodness!!!!!!


      How exciting! I'm getting ashes at 4 pm, so we'll be close in time. It's nice to look forward to after a long day at work. :) You were confirmed at the Easter vigil in 2016, yes?


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