90 Lenten Ideas for Catholics: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving

90 Lenten Ideas for Catholics: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving


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Lent is upon us! It's the perfect opportunity to practice self-mortification, strengthen relationships with our neighbors, and grow closer to Christ. If you're feeling stumped about what your Lenten sacrifice should be, I've compiled a list of 90 Lenten ideas: 30 God-centered things to do for Lent (prayer), 30 non-sweets related things to give up for Lent (fasting), and 30 almsgiving ideas for Lent. 


Be sure to share this post with your friends and loved ones who are looking for some inspiration. Ash Wednesday will be here before you know it! Which will you be doing for Lent? 

Catholic Ideas for Lent - Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving

pray a Lenten devotional daily

read about the Saints

pray a Divine Mercy chaplet daily

pray Stations of the Cross on Fridays

pick a person each day to pray for

add a daily Mass to your routine

read a chapter of the Bible each day

start "Bible in a Year" Podcast

journal for 10 minutes each day

give someone a compliment each day

go to Confession once a week

pray the Rosary daily

get up 15 minutes earlier for prayer

listen only to religious music

visit Jesus in Adoration weekly

give your time to a loved one

forgive an enemy

discover a new Saint BFF

write a letter to God each day

write a letter to a loved one each day

learn about the Sisters of Life

collect baby items for a pregnancy center

attend a Catholic retreat

apologize if you wronged someone

invite someone to Mass each week

make meals for new moms, neighbors, etc.

join a Parish ministry

create or give religious Easter gifts

collect clothes & toiletries for homeless

pray for someone you don't see eye to eye with

Catholic Ideas for Lent - Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving

negative self-talk

your pillow

alcohol

watching Netflix

complaining

elevators

coffee

screen time

gossip

podcasts

mom guilt

Youtube

music

texting

the news

snooze button

eating out

long showers

salt & pepper

video games

scrolling

snacking

rolling eyes

leaving lights on

multitasking

makeup

cursing

napping

Instagram filters

being picky

Catholic Ideas for Lent - Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving

join a ministry at your Parish

increase your donation to your Parish

send a heartfelt gift to a loved one

introduce yourself to someone after Mass

pay for someone's groceries (anonymously)

send Easter cards to an elderly home

collect baby items for a pregnancy center

donate food to your local food bank

tutor a schoolchild

run an errand for an elderly neighbor

write a note of affirmation to someone

make a meal for a neighbor or new mom

offer to babysit for free

be fully present to your children

be fully present to your spouse

find a service project with a local charity

fundraise for your favorite Catholic mission

teach a child something new

shop ethically

set up a Lenten “piggy bank”

ask a new mom what she needs

ask a pregnant mom what she needs

stay a few minutes after Mass to pray

take time to listen

create hygiene kits for the homeless

donate clothes or toys

knit hats for preemie babies

how can I use my time to serve others this Lent?

how can I use my talents to serve others this Lent?

how can I use my treasure this Lent?

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