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Monday, February 6, 2017

Don'T Give Up Chocolate For Lent!

Don’t Give Up Chocolate For Lent!
Lent is a 40-day period leading up to Easter, beginning with Ash Wednesday. (This year, Ash Wednesday is March 1.) Lent is a penitential season. That means it is an opportunity to examine your life, give your struggles to God, and invite him to help you become the-best-version-of-yourself.

During Lent, there is a strong focus on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. All these spiritual exercises help prepare us for the celebration of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

Lent is the perfect time to form new life-giving habits and abandon old self-destructive habits. But most of us just give up chocolate. Then, when Easter arrives, we realize we really haven’t grown spiritually in Lent.
Giving things up can help us to have a meaningful Lent, but that’s not what Lent is really all about. Lent is about doing something—something bold to become a better husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter, friend, neighbor . . .
What if this year you did more than just give up something during Lent?
We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different. Join Dynamic Catholic for Best Lent Ever, a free email program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly. From Ash Wednesday to Easter, you’ll get short, inspirational videos from Matthew Kelly and personal reflections from Dynamic Catholic team members that will help you identify what stands between you and happiness . . . and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever? You will receive an email every day during Lent. From Monday through Saturday each week, you’ll receive a short, inspirational video from Matthew Kelly and a personal reflection from a Dynamic Catholic team member. On Sundays, you’ll be able to catch up on any videos missed and get a preview for the coming week. 
Register at BestLentEver.com
And if you DARE, accept the . . .
Bonus Here at St. Matthew’s: “Lent for Real!”

Thursdays – Join Dick Holland at the Family Life Center for discussion and more!
Beginning at 10 a.m., grow for 30 minutes, or offer up 45 minutes, or sacrifice an hour . . .
Positive Catholic Lenten reflection with the Kelly “Best Lent Ever” as the base and our own stories and Catholic Theology and Tradition working to bring “Lent for Real!” Offer a short time as a Lenten Sacrifice by signing up with Dick Holland: 682-3319 ext. 112 or dholland@st.matthewswy.org or at the Family Life Center or just jump in and give it a try! Call Dick Holland (682-3319 ext.112) for more information.

More coming soon in a Bulletin near you or on St. Matthew’s Web Page or Facebook Page!

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