Lenten Challenge 2023
Week after Ash Wednesday: Welcome to our Lenten challenge!
Challenge #1: don't hit the snooze button tomorrow morning. Be determined to start your day for Christ by getting up on time.
Day 2: Drink nothing but water today. Each time you crave your usual caffeine kick, offer it up as a prayer for someone in need.
Day 3: Plan to give up your usual Friday treat this week. Instead, save the $3 and give it to someone in need.
Day 4: Lent is a time for simplicity. Go through an area of your house and donate things you no longer use or need.
First Week of Lent
Day 5: Choose a weekday to attend Mass, a service, or a Bible study this week.
Day 6: Abstain from social media. Spend the time in prayer, or face-to-face with your family or friends.
Day 7: Give alms. If you don't know where to give alms, give to your church or pick a charity based on a cause that you are passionate about.
Day 8: Fast from something today and offer it to Christ.
Day 9: Consider a good habit you can begin this Lent. Write it down and leave it on your mirror or some other place where you'll see it daily.
Day 10: Abstain from all sweets, treats, and desserts.
Second Week of Lent
Day 11: Turn off all music. Enjoy the stillness of silence, and ask God to help you listen to Him.
Day 12: Abstain from second helpings, snacks in between meals, and food after dinner.
Day 13: How can we say we know God if we don't spend time with Him? Pray quietly for 30 minutes.
Day 14: Open up your Bible and read a chapter or two as a family or with a friend.
Day 15: Don't talk bad about anyone behind their back.
Day 16: Turn off the TV. Spend time in prayer or being present with the ones close to you.
Day 17: Pray for a culture that respects life from conception to natural death.
Third Week of Lent
Day 18: Make a list of ways you can offer your services/skills, then prayerfully consider taking the next step to serve in one of those ways.
Day 19: Write a short letter or note to someone you love--whether you drop it in the mail or on their pillow.
Day 20: Take a cold shower. During it, thank God that you are able to take a hot shower on most days and pray for someone in need.
Day 21: Do not purchase anything, unless it is completely necessary (groceries for your family's dinner or the utility bill, for example).
Day 22: Don't check your phone when you are with others. Focus on that person as someone made in the image of God.
Day 23: Tell your spouse, kids, parents, siblings, or coworker 3 nice things today.
Day 24: Thank a delivery driver, postal service worker, garbage collector, police officer, or any public service worker.