“Lent should suggest to us these basic questions: Am I advancing in my faithfulness to Christ, in my desire for holiness, in a generous apostolate in my daily life, in my ordinary work among my colleagues?”
St. Josemaria Escriva, “Christ is Passing By,” 58
The penitential season of Lent is a time for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Not infrequently, however, do we find ourselves already in the midst of Lent and not sure what to do or where to go next. If you’re stuck, we’ve put together this handy guide for making the most out of your Lent this year!
1. Prayer and Sacraments at St. Peter Catholic Student Center
There’s always Mass, adoration, and confessions at the Center, but there’s added prayer and sacramental opportunities during Lent. Here they are, plus we suggest some ways to fit our normal schedule into your Lenten resolutions!
- Mass: Every single day, there’s Mass in the chapel—frequently more than once! If you’re struggling with your prayer life and can’t seem to get in a routine, attending Mass a few days a week is a good place to start.
- Confession & Adoration: Monday through Friday, you have the opportunity to go to Confession and spend time with Our Lord. Bring your Lenten reads, or check out our little library of spiritual works to supplement your time in Adoration!
- Laudate and Lenten Formation Groups: On Wednesday nights during Lent, our usual Laudate talk schedule is replaced with our annual Lenten formation groups. This year, we have groups discussing prayer, friendship, examining saints who suffered well, and the Church’s teachings on marriage and sex. You can join any of these groups at any point during Lent, so if you haven’t been to one yet, there’s still time!
- Stations of the Cross: After Friday Mass, we pray the Stations of the Cross together. The Stations are one of the best-known Lenten traditions and are the perfect way to keep our Lord’s gift in his Passion and Death constantly in mind throughout Lent.
2. Prayer & Study: Online Resources
There are many online resources available, here’s just a few!
- Bishop Robert Barron daily reflections: Fairly short daily emails, only two to three paragraphs each, perfect for morning mental prayer!
- Augustine Institute Lenten Reflection: A quick five minute reflection on the Catechism.
- Dynamic Catholic Best Lent Ever: A daily email with a 10-minute video reflection.
- St. Paul Center Scripture Study: In-depth video studies (four part), emailed every Wednesday of Lent. The Bible and the Sacraments and The Bible and the Virgin Mary are the two studies available for free.
3. Almsgiving, aka Stewardship or Tithing
“Giving alms to the poor is a witness to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church 2462
Volunteer Opportunities in Waco: Helping those in need with your time is one of the forms of almsgiving. Here’s a short list of Waco and Central Texas-based charities that are need your help!
- CareNet: This center helps families and individuals with crisis pregnancies, and they have a variety of volunteering positions.
- Catholic Central Charities: While the nearest volunteering opportunities are presently in Bryan, Texas, this is one of the few Catholic charities in the area and addresses the issues of homelessness, disaster, crisis pregnancies, and immigration.
- Mission Waco: This charity hosts a variety of programs throughout Waco for the poor and the marginalized, and they’re always looking for volunteers!
- Pro-Life Waco: One of the best ways to get involved in this group’s pro-life mission is to take part in their chapter of the national 40 Days for Life, which is happening now through the end of Lent!
➡️ Even more volunteer opportunities for Baylor students here.
Financial or In-kind gifts: C.S. Lewis said about tithing materially, “There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.” Students usually have very limited budgets, yes, but chances are you may have some spending money. Consider foregoing some of those extras (eating out, lattes, music, etc.) in order to support the Church and organizations that do good work.
- St. Peter Catholic Student Center: Support your school spiritual home by committing a weekly amount to give at the offertory. You can also give online here.
- Diocese of Austin: This local Catholic headquarters supports many, many ministries and people throughout the diocese. Give online here.
- Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS): FOCUS missionaries do great work at Baylor and serve throughout the country and world to share the Gospel. Talk to one of our missionaries locally or give online here.
- Special Collections: These are second collections at church (e.g., St. Peter or your home parish) that go for a particular ministry or mission. One example of a special Lenten collections that the Church participates in:
- Collection for the Church in the Holy Land (on Good Friday)—supports missionaries serving Christians living in and helping pilgrims in the Holy Land.
How is your Lent going?
Is it a bit of a struggle, have you received certain graces, or do you have a question about Lent? Let us know how your Lent is going in the comments.