Lent is a time to give up something we love a lot, like chocolate, or wine, as a sacrifice, in thanksgiving for what Christ sacrificed for each of us. To give up something we really love a lot requires Temperance – the ability to control one’s passions. Therefore, Lent and Temperance go together like bread and butter. You can have one without the other, but they’re much better together!
Lent and Temperance
We need the virtue of Temperance to live up to our sacrificial commitment, thereby giving a more meaningful purpose to the season of Lent. We are about half-way through the Lenten Season. How is your Lenten sacrifice coming along? Are you living up to your commitment? Might you have slipped a bit, or perhaps forgotten all about your Lenten sacrifice? If so, here are a few things you can do to help you get back on the right track:
- Refrain from excessive destructive behavior
- Ask God for His assistance to turn your life around in a positive direction
- Surrender your will, preferring God’s will for you over your own will
- Ask God for the willpower to live up to your commitment
- Stay focused on the real end goal – Heaven
It’s never too late to start anew. God is always ready and waiting for you to show your love for Him through sacrifice. Renew your commitment, but this time, ask for the virtue of Temperance to help you live up to that commitment. Then give it all you’ve got to stick with the plan, knowing that God appreciates your actions to show Him how much you love Him.
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