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For Lent – Redefine Womanhood

Forget giving up sweets with the subtle hope of losing the last couple pounds [guilty].  This Lent, explore what it means to be of the dust of Eve.

The following are some creative takes on how to approach the three penitential practices – prayer, fasting and almsgiving – in order to cultivate a sense of true womanhood.  Readers, please include any other ideas in the ‘comments’ section!  God bless your Lenten journey.

Pray:

  • Pray the rosary.  Yes, the whole thing!
  • Reflect on women’s stories in Scripture:
    [Books of Judith, Esther, Ruth, Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-24), Sarah’s Laugh (Genesis 18:1-15), Psalm 45, Psalm 139, The Godly Woman (Proverbs 31), The Woman at the Well (John 4:1-42), The Woman with the Hemorrhage and Jairus’ Daughter (Mark 5:21-43), Marian stories of the Gospels]
  • Rally the troops – include Mass in your weekend activities with friends, or alter your coffee shop conversation to include spirituality.
  • Contemplate the unique aspects of womanhood, and of your femininity, and pray about ways to put these into action.
  • Pray for your vocation – your future spouse or religious order.
  • Read Mulieribus Dignitatem, On the Dignity and Vocation of Women (http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_15081988_mulieris-dignitatem_en.html)

Fast:

  • Replace mainstream pop with the music of Catholic artist Danielle Rose. http://www.daniellerose.com/.  She has a new CD!  Fast from media and entertainment sources that mar the dignity of women, or that contribute to a woman’s negative body image.
  • Replace time spent reading Vogue or watching The Carrie Diaries with time browsing Catholic women’s websites such as altcatholicah.com and thenewfeminism.net.
  • Replace time shopping with time making handmade gifts and cards for friends and relatives, to show you care.
  • Fast from negative self-talk about your value or appearance.
  • Dress modestly.
  • Fast from gossip.
  • Close the chatterbox – take time to listen in your relationships.
  • Fast from romanticizing married life or religious life, or other peoples’ lives in general.  Renew living joyfully; your life is a great romance with the Lord!

Give Alms: 

  • Give some of your free time to busy married friends, especially those with children.  Go out of your way to visit, babysit, bring over a meal, help around the house, etc.
  • Clean out your closet – donate clothes, shoes and accessories to a local women’s shelter.
  • Explore opportunities to enact the Corporal Works of Mercy. (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10198d.htm)
  • Donate time and money to local organizations that support women in need and women’s issues.
  • Become an active voice in women’s issues in politics.  http://www.catholicvote.org/index.php
  • Cultivate awareness of women’s issues around the world.  Respond to those needs that especially compel you.
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