Lent survival tip No. 1: Find a prayer buddy

Lent is hard, and 40 days is a long time. It’s easy to get discouraged, distracted or forgetful. To help, consider finding a prayer buddy.

This can be a spouse, friend, parishioner or even a particular saint. (I got paired with St. John the Baptist through Jennifer Fulwiler’s handy-dandy patron saint generator earlier this year. He’s pretty great.) Share your prayer plans, hold one another accountable, talk about your struggles, ask for intercession and dig in.

Each week during Lent I will share 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! Have a blessed first week of Lent!

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