This week we will begin the Lenten season. It is a beautiful time to grow in closeness to God and to others. This time can, if we are willing to cooperate, be 40 days of immense spiritual and personal growth.

While the specific penances we choose are not ultimately our focus – in the end, it is always about our personal encounter with the passion and mercy of the Lord Jesus – making the effort to change certain habits or attitudes in our lives can be our humble gifts, like the 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread to offer to the Lord. It’s not much, but the Lord is excellent when it comes to multiplication.

As such, we have put together this great list of possible things that you can work on this Lent. Don’t forget to vote on favorites below!

Ready to go deeper? Start by attending a Catholic-Link Online Conference with Fr. Michael Denk.

Fr. Michael Denk will be introducing his program of Pray40Days. The purpose of Pray40Days (with corresponding App and online resources) is to help you grow in your prayer life so that you will come to know God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in a deep, personal, and profound way. It is written especially for people who want to grow in their prayer life but just don’t know how. It is also for people who don’t even know they want to grow, but will soon discover how much deeper they can really go! Pray40Days will guide you through different types of prayer that will immerse you in the life of Christ, fill you with the Holy Spirit, and allow you to be held and loved by the Father. By the end of Pray40Days, you will come to love spending time with God and look forward to the wonder that awaits you every time you enter into this quality time with God who loves you more than anyone else ever could.

How to participate?

If you would like to participate, all you have to do is make a voluntary donation. Immediately afterward, you will receive detailed information explaining how to sign up for the Online Conference. Any donation amount is acceptable! ($3 minimum is required for the transaction.) This money will go to covering the costs of our websites and to maintaining our evangelization projects such as the series: “A Minute with Pope Francis”.


Finally remember that in addition to free coupons for Catholic Business and monthly giveaways, Catholic-Link Benefactors receive FREE access to our monthly Online Conferences. If you would like to become a Catholic-Link Benefactor and support us with a monthly donation, you may do so HERE.

(This selection of photos by: Sandra Ere)