It’s so cool that so many people like Lent! You warm my heart.
StGermain, the Introduction to the Devout Life is my favorite devotional book ever. Don’t you just love how gentle and patient St. Francis is? He never says anything frightening, nor does he white-wash serious problems. I recently found a book of his letters to lay-people, giving them advice according to their situations (women with difficult mothers-in-law, people struggling with their tempers, etc.). It’s great.
FisherQueen, I like your house-cleaning suggestion…I think I’ll do that too.
I am going to try to go to Eucharistic Adoration every day. I work across the street from a church with Perpetual Adoration, so I’d have no excuse not to go. (I used to go a few times a week, but lately I’ve been so caught up in my work…and that’s been weighing on my conscience.)
As a side-note, I find that when I’m having trouble praying formally, Adoration is the best thing for me because just being in the presence of the Eucharist is a prayer, and it’s easier to talk to someone when you can look at him. Someone once told me a story of a simple man who went to Adoration an hour every day, and someone asked him what he did during that time, and he answered, “I look at Him, and He looks at me.” I like that.
I’m also going to try to follow St. Ignatius’ spiritual exercises. I have a hard time concentrating on guided prayer, so the effort will be good for me, even if I can’t keep it up for very long.