A Marriage-Based Lenten Plan

3 Ways to do Lent for your marriage

 

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  1. 3 WAYS TO DO LENT

    A MARRIAGE-BASED LENTEN PLAN

    Lent has begun and it’s the perfect time to establish healthy new habits that will support our marriage and deepen our spiritual life. Here are three quick ways to live lent well with a marriage focus.

  2. PRAY

    FOR YOUR SPOUSE, DAILY

    Prayer – Pray every day for your spouse, for your marriage and be a better spouse. Here’s a simple prayer you can use.

  3. FAST

    FROM CRITICISM…FOR THE WHOLE OF LENT

    Fasting – Fast from criticism for the whole of Lent. And no days off on Sunday for this one!

  4. It’s actually liberating!

    WHEN WE STOP LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO BLAME

    Really, it’s so liberating! When we surrender the right (some people think it’s an obligation) to criticise, we stop looking for someone to blame. When things go wrong we’re more likely to approach it calmly and less likely to get uptight about who’s at fault. We relax and enjoy life more …and so does our spouse!

  5. GIVE

    WITHOUT EXPECTING A RETURN

    Almsgiving – Our wedding vows call us to approach our marriage in the spirit of self-giving service. In the same way that we don’t expect a kick back when we give financially to a charity, once a week give something to your spouse without expectation of pay back.

  6. TRULY GIVE…

    SOMETHING NICE FOR YOUR SPOUSE

    Do something nice for him or her according to what you know they would really appreciate – a back rub, some free time to read a book, a night off cooking, a car wash etc.

  7. MAKE A GOOD LENT

    AND DO SOMETHING FOR YOUR MARRIAGE TOO!

    And by the way, don’t let the non-participation of your spouse be an excuse – these Lenten tasks can be done by any husband or wife on their own initiative.

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About the Author:

Francine & Byron Pirola
Francine & Byron Pirola are the founders and principal authors of the SmartLoving series. They are passionate about living Catholic marriage to the full and helping couples reach their marital potential. They have been married since 1988 and have five children. Their articles may be reproduced for non commercial purposes with appropriate acknowledgement and back links.

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