Lent survival tip No. 8: Fast from yourself

We all have moments of solitude. For some people, finding those few precious moments alone is a rarity. When they do come along, it’s natural to focus on yourself, whether curling up with a book, taking a long bubble bath or simply relaxing.

For others, those moments alone are arduous. You may want to quickly fill the silence with a phone call, going to the nearest coffee shop, or at least checking Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat … you get the idea.

That time, whether welcomed or dreaded, could be spent on the Lord instead of ourselves. This week, embrace the solitude. You can offer that time, offer yourself, to God. This could be more time in prayer and reflection, whether reciting the Rosary, reflecting on the daily readings or remembering the blessings you are thankful for. It could be as simple as changing your focus and reveling in God’s creation or getting things done, but pointedly offering those activities to the Lord.

As Father John Jay Hughes quoted in an article for The Priest, solitude “is the loveliness of being alone with God.”

Each week during Lent I am sharing a quick tip on each of the three disciplines of the season: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. So tune in throughout the coming weeks for more ideas! I hope this third week of Lent is fruitful!

Jennifer Rey is the web editor of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing.