Lenten Activities

THINGS TO GIVE UP FOR LENT ......and doesn't include chocolate! (Courtesy Peggy Billartz)

  1. Fear: God is on my side. In Him I am more than a conqueror. (See Roman98  
  2. THE need to please everyone:I can’t please everyone anyway. There is only one I need to strive to please.
  3. Envy: I am blessed. My value is not found in my possessions, but in my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
  4. Impatience:God’s timing is the perfect timing.
  5. Sense of entitlement:The world does not owe me anything. God does not owe me anything. I live in humility and grace.
  6. Bitterness and Resentment:The only person I am hurting by holding onto these is myself.
  7. Blame: I am not going to pass the buck. I will take responsibility for my actions.
  8. Gossip and Negativity: I will put the best construction on everything when it comes to other people. I will also minimize my contact with people who are negative and toxic and bring other people down.
  9. Comparison:I have my own unique contribution to make and there is no one else like me.
  10. Fear of failure: You don’t succeed without experiencing failure. Just make sure you fall forward.
  11. A spirit of poverty: Believe with God that there is always more than enough and never a lack.
  12. Feelings of unworthiness:You are fearfully and wonderfully made by your creator. (see Psalm 139)
  13. Doubt:Believe God has a plan for you that is beyond anything you could imagine. The future is brighter than you could ever realize.
  14. Self-pity:God comforts us in our sorrow so that we can comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
  15. Retirement:As long as you are still breathing, you are here for a reason. You have a purpose to influence others for Christ. That does not come to an end until the day we die.
  16. Excuses: A wise man once said, if you need an excuse, any excuse will do.
  17. Lack of counsel:Wise decisions are rarely made in a vacuum.
  18. Pride: Blessed are the humble.
  19. Worry:God is in control and worrying will not help.

 

A New and Shorter Alternative: Church Fathers Lenten Reading Plan LITE
Printer-Friendly Version of Outline: Church Fathers Lenten Reading Plan PDF

Instructions: Each day during the Lenten fast (the season of Lent, minus Sundays), read the assigned writing. This devotion takes 10-15 minutes. By day 40, you will have read 10 different Fathers. If you wish to follow a shorter reading plan, please check out the lite version of the plan.

The Writings
Pdf form: Church Fathers Lenten Reading Plan: With Texts (thanks to Chad Toney and Carl Fortunato).
Print: The Early Church Fathers: 38 Volumes
E-Book: Reading Plan mobi; Reading Plan epub (thanks to Deborah Metters)

2018 Date Day in Lenten Season Reading
2/14 1 Didache: complete
2/15 2 Epistle to Diognetus: 1-6
2/16 3 Epistle to Diognetus: 7-12
2/17 4 Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians: complete
2/19 5 St. Ignatius of Antioch: Letter to the Ephesians: complete
2/20 6 St. Ignatius of Antioch: Letter to the Magnesians: complete
2/21 7 St. Ignatius of Antioch: Letter to the Trallians: complete
2/22 8 St. Ignatius of Antioch: Letter to the Romans: complete
2/23 9 St. Ignatius of Antioch: Letter to the Philadelphians: complete
2/24 10 St. Ignatius of Antioch: Letter to the Smyrneans: complete
2/26 11 St. Ignatius of Antioch: Letter to Polycarp: complete
2/27 12 St. Justin Martyr: First Apology: 1-11
2/28 13 St. Justin Martyr: First Apology: 12-23
3/1 14 St. Justin Martyr: First Apology: 24-35
3/2 15 St. Justin Martyr: First Apology: 36-47
3/3 16 St. Justin Martyr: First Apology: 48-59
3/5 17 St. Justin Martyr: First Apology: 60-68
3/6 18 St. Cyprian: On the Unity of the Church (Treatise I): 1-9
3/7 19 St. Cyprian: On the Unity of the Church (Treatise I): Secs. 10-18
3/8 20 St. Cyprian: On the Unity of the Church (Treatise I): Secs. 19-21
3/9 21 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 1-10
3/10 22 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 11-20
3/12 23 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 21-30
3/13 24 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 31-40
3/14 25 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 41-50
3/15 26 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 51-60
3/16 27 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 61-70
3/17 28 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 71-80
3/19 29 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 81-94
3/20 30 St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Catechetical Lectures: Lecture XIX
3/21 31 St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Catechetical Lectures: Lecture XX
3/22 32 St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Catechetical Lectures: Lecture XX1
3/23 33 St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Catechetical Lectures: Lecture XXII
3/24 34 St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Catechetical Lectures: Lecture XXIII
3/26 35 St. Ambrose of Milan: Concerning the Mysteries: 1-4
3/27 36 St. Ambrose of Milan: Concerning the Mysteries: 5-9
3/28 37 St. Leo the Great: Letter XXVIII (called the "Tome"): complete
3/29 38 St. Leo the Great: Sermon XXI (On the Feast of the Nativity I): complete
3/30 39 St. Leo the Great: Sermon XLIX (On Lent XI): complete
3/31 40 St. Leo the Great: Sermon LXXII (On the Lord's Resurrection): complete

 

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