3 Ways to become holier during Lent
Jesus said, a disciple “when he is fully taught will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40). Lent is our chance to shed the worldly baggage that keeps us from becoming more like Christ. Consider these ideas for routing out sin and embracing virtue.
Remove the wooden beam. We delight in pointing out the sins and shortcomings of others. This is the sin of detraction, disclosing someone’s faults and failings to others without objectively valid reason. We can use the season of Lent to search for our own faults and remove them instead.
Look like Christ. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said that we all crave being looked upon with love. Christ looks upon us with pure love, as described in His parables of the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan. During Lent, let’s imitate the heart of Christ and look on others with empathy and compassion.
Find the sacred in the ordinary. St. Josemaria Escriva taught that there is a call to holiness that can be lived by sanctifying our everyday life. He said, “Carry out the little duties of each moment: do what you ought and concentrate on what you are doing...There is no other way, my daughters and sons: either we learn to find our Lord in ordinary, everyday life, or we shall never find Him.”