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Scott P. Richert

Adopt a Fellow Penitent

By February 25, 2013

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By the second week in Lent, we often find ourselves falling into a bit of a rut. Perhaps we're still faithfully avoiding those things which we gave up for Lent; and we may even have continued the good works—more prayer, Scripture reading, almsgiving—that we had vowed on Ash Wednesday to do.

But what we started in joy may have begun to seem like a chore. That's to be expected, because the Devil and his minions hate both sacrifice and good works, and they're not going to make our Lent easy. The good news is that God offers us the grace we need to persevere.

Still, we can use the support of others. And so, this week, I'd like you to take a look at the responses to What Are You Giving Up for Lent 2013? Find one person on that list, and spiritually adopt him or her. Offer at least one prayer each day during Lent for that person. In helping him or her, you're doing a good work and cooperating with God's grace.

And make sure to add your own Lenten sacrifice to the list, so that others can pray for you, too. Together, we can make this Lent a time of spiritual growth for all of us.

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