February 20, 2013: It Is Never Too Late

~ by Mary Galvano

It has been over a week since Lent started and you still haven’t found that perfect something to give up. “What can I do to make this Lent more meaningful than any other?” you say. It seems the standard we hear each year is giving up sweets to than enjoy the Easter baskets loaded with candy on Easter Sunday. But is Lent really only about giving up sweets? What is the reason we give up anything at all?

Lent is about conversion, turning our lives more completely over to Christ and his way of life. That always involves giving up sin in some form. The goal is not just to abstain from sin for the duration of Lent but to root sin out of our lives forever. Conversion means leaving behind an old way of living and acting in order to embrace new life in Christ. Lent is a period of conversion.

Look deeply into your life and really examine your conscience. What can you improve on? Maybe it is being better at controlling your temper by counting to ten or by saying a Hail Mary before your react. Maybe it is visiting someone and giving of your time to help someone in need. St. Mother Theresa said, “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” Lent is not just about giving up something. You can also give something. How about smiling more, or spreading more love wherever you go? Make an effort to make people happier after spending time with you. These are just a few meaningful things that cannot only make a difference in your life but in your relationship with God.

There are many, many ways in which we can all make Lent a life changing experience. It is never too late to start on your Lenten journey. Just start. Ask God for guidance with what to do. He will lead you down the right path. May God bless you always and may this Lent be your best ever.

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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