by Paola Treviño
Lent begins this Wednesday, February
22, 2012, and you may be wracking your brain, asking, “What
am I going to give up?” Ideas race through
your mind -- chocolates, Facebook, pop, sweets? Giving
these things up might be good for your body, but
will it be good for your soul?
Lent is a
time of self-denial. We accompany Christ during the
40 days He was in the desert, preparing Himself for
His mission, and to teach us the value of sacrifice. We come to realize that self denial in
small things makes us stronger for the spiritual battle.
I don’t know about you, but I’m
very stubborn. When someone tells me “Yes,” I
say “No,” and vice-versa, even during Lent. But
I invite you join me on my Lenten “Yes” Campaign. Instead of “giving up,” let’s “pick up.” Let´s gather a few things in our spiritual shopping
up" a smile.
• "Pick up"
the habit of speaking well of others.
• “Pick up" thinking positive thoughts.
• "Pick up" an hour to serve others rather
than just yourself.
If you are
like me, you might have difficulty with these ideas because
you are missing one thing in your life.
At the World Day of Communications 2012, Pope Benedict XVI
suggested we “pick up” SILENCE.
Keeping quiet is, for me, a rare virtue.
But I think silence is what I need most this
Lent in order to accompany Christ in this “YES” campaign. When reflecting on the Pope’s suggestion, I came
up with 12 types of silence. During the
next four weeks, I will go over these.
Below is my first installment:
WEEK OF LENT
1. Silence your
world. Do a time check, and write down
how many hours you spend on Facebook, texting, chatting with
friends, studying, and in prayer. Maybe this week we can
pick up and add to our “cart” 5 minutes of
silence to talk to God. You can simply
pray, “Lord, I adore you, I believe in you, I
love you and I hope in you, and I thank
you for all you have done for me…”
2. Silence the noise. What is the first
thing you do when you wake up? When
you get in the car? When you leave
the dorm room to get to class? Do
you turn on your TV, radio, and iPod?
Maybe instead you can pick-up and add to your “cart”
the act of listening to nothing for 5 minutes, and
simply reflecting without noise.
your imagination. How many of us are day
dreamers? (If Hollywood could read our minds they would get
some great screen plays!) How about picking up
and adding to your “cart” the act of giving 100%
of your attention to class or to your work.
More considerations next week….