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How To Prepare for an Extraordinary Lent

The Way of Lent - How Apostoli Viae Members Prepare for Lent

Do promised Apostoli Viae members have a specific approach to Lent? Yes we do! Here is a brief outline of how a promised member of Apostoli Viae will approach their pre-Lenten examination:

At the arrival of Septuagesima Sunday, as preparation for the penitential season of Lent, we begin to pray and pursue a deeper examination of conscience. Specifically, we seek to explore the state of our souls with respect to our orientation to God, to His Church, to the state in life which He has called us and to our calling to the Charism of Apostoli Viae

Some of the emphasis of our formation is reflected in each examen area and then there are specific aspects of the charism that we reflect on here. All participants in the Apostoli Viae site have access to our foundational document in the Sojourners group HERE. This document outlines the central teachings of our charism. There is also an introductory video you can review in the Sojourners group HERE which is always listed among the top posts of the group. Here is our basic approach to our Lenten examen and preparation.

The Orientation of Our Lives to God:

  • Do we still struggle with habitual sin of any kind? How can we orient our lives to Him this Lent that will result in progress or complete elimination of habitual sin?
  • Is there a particular virtue He is calling us to?
  • Are we participating in the sacraments as much as we could? Should we increase our Mass attendance? How is our devotion at Mass? Do we come early to prepare? Do we remain after for thanksgiving? Do we meditate on the Gospel readings daily or at least for Sunday?
  • Do we seek the sacrament of penance at least every other week? If not, should we begin to increase our engagement and related preparation?

The Orientation of Our Lives to Our Neighbor:

  • How well are we fulfilling our duties to our state in life? Are there areas of sin that we need to overcome? Is there specific virtue He is calling us to in this state?
  • Are we caring for the poor?
  • Are there needs of the Church I can fulfill that I have not pursued?

The Orientation of Our Lives through the Charism of Apostoli Viae:

  • Am I spending time and energy studying and absorbing the charism and orienting my life of faith and apostolate work to it?
  • Can I recite the mission statement by heart?
  • Are there commitments that I have presently made that I am not fulfilling?
  • Are there commitments that I know are coming in the path of my growth in the charism that I am not prepared for?
  • Is the focus of my charity toward others oriented through the lens or the activities of the charism?

Our Final Commitments:

Once this exam is complete, we then seek to narrow our commitments down into two categories:

  • What penitential or ascetical practice can I embrace during Lent that I desire to retain even when Lent is over?
  • What penitential or ascetical practice can I embrace during Lent that I will joyfully set aside at the celebration of Easter?

I pray that this examen guide might be a blessing to you regardless of your engagement with Apostoli Viae.

Yours in Christ,

Dan Burke
Unum est Necessarium

 

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  • Diane Roe

    Diane Roe

    Thank you for this Dan, I very much need this to focus my discernment for Lent in light of God, neighbor and AV.
  • Crystal Hernandez

    Crystal Hernandez

    This is very helpful to me too. I am very detailed and goal-oriented and need to be intentional in my behavior. Thank you!
  • Cristina Acosta

    Cristina Acosta

    Thank you for sharing this. I love the idea of retaining a penitential or ascetical practice once Lent is over and joyfully setting another aside once Easter comes.
  • Michelle Kaleniak

    Michelle Kaleniak

    Thanks for this guide!
  • PAULA LAHTI

    PAULA LAHTI

    Thank you Dan. I have been following your advice in preparing for Lent, with much prayer, and find that I am not alone! Various inspirations to help me achieve my goals or direct my effort have come to my attention. Now it is my responsibility to act with perseverance to obtain the gifts the Lord intends for me. Blessings to you and all our family in Christ through Lent and the Easter season.
  • Hope Aspengren

    Hope Aspengren

    May I grow in holiness this Lent and may it be a lasting grace in my life. Many struggles at present, such a beautiful opportunity to grow closer to Our Lord.
  • Gina Witt

    Gina Witt

    Thank you! May this Lent bear great fruit in my soul and and in the souls of all Gods children, who with trustful abandon, seek to know and love Him more completely!
  • Jeannie Woodrich

    Jeannie Woodrich

    Thank You, Dan!
  • Francis Carmelle Duero

    Francis Carmelle Duero

    Thank you bro Dan for this wonderful and very helpful article. I pray for a blessed and fruitful Lent ahead and a closer union with God. Thanks AV for the spiritual direction you provide. God bless!
  • Karen Stanford Bonvecchio

    Karen Stanford Bonvecchio

    Thank you, Dan, for this and for today's meeting. Very helpful to start thinking about Lent in advance, to be prepared and thus to begin well.

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