The Holy Week has just arrived. Yesterday, we busied ourselves with palms on our way to churches and the next coming days promises a deeper experience for the devout. And while our faith calls us to do series of sacrifices for the season, the week also gives us the ability to take a break from work. Thursdays and Fridays are considered holidays (so go on and remind your boss right now).
So I have compiled here series of Lenten practices that we can do to both deepen our faith and to give us a breather:
- Attend recollections or retreats. Shrug the idea that recollections means spending thousands to travel into the mountains and live with the faithful for a week or two. Most churches would give free recollections this Lenten season. Just check with your parish for schedule.
- Do Visita Iglesia. It’s visiting seven churches. I normally do this with the whole family. It offers a chance for personal reflection and can help build stronger bonds among friends and family members. If you are stuck with work 24/7, now is your chance to reach out with the people around you.
- Read a self-help book. I recommend setting a deadline to finish the book before the holiday ends. You can find several suggestions for a good reflection book online. Some of my personal favourites are written by Normal Vincent Peale.
- Write a journal. Isn’t it amazing how the simple act of writing your thoughts and emotions on a paper can somehow give you a sense of fulfilment from all your personal questions? So go on and get your childhood diary back. Write emotions and problems you may have. After which, check how exactly you can manage all these problems. You will be amazed how answers can start pouring in.
- Give yourself a treat. You can treat yourself into a massage or a holiday—you know you deserve it. Just go on and take a break from the computer because you are bound to feel refreshed and invigorated after. You will be readier when Monday comes and the workloads start to pile up.
There you go. I wish you have a fruitful and meaningful Lenten celebration with your family.