[quote=whatevergirl]…is that a sin? I went to Confession on Tuesday night, and asked this question of the priest. He said it wouldn’t be considered a sin, necessarily, but to continue each day and try harder to meet my Lenten commitments. For this Lent, I ‘vowed’ to say the Rosary nightly, and it started off great, but for the past week, I haven’t been saying them. I also ‘promised’ God that I would go to church one day per week, at 6:45 am. (before work) I look at that as a ‘sleep fast.’ LOL (I like to sleep) :rolleyes: But I started off great too, and for the past two weeks, nada…I have not gone during the week.
Anyways…I have ‘shunned’ that as well. Not because I have willingly dismissed my promises, but for example, I was sick over the past week, and just couldn’t get up earlier. (typing this looks pathetic, but I’d like to confess this to all of you)
So, the priest said I should try harder, and I have been. Here’s what I also plan on doing…‘extending’ the promises from Lent until I complete them. I don’t believe that Lent is a ‘keeping score’ of what I did or didn’t do, however, I chose these things, as methods to becoming stronger in my relationship to Christ. I pray day and night, and adore the Rosary…but I will honestly admit, tv might have been a distraction. (embarrassing) The priest explained to me also, that my own reflection on what I didn’t ‘complete,’ brings me closer to Christ, and could have also been Christ’s purpose–to show where my weaknesses and excuses lie. I liked his insight. (another plus of going to Confession–you CAN ask private questions of the priest, as long as they’re brief)
So–have any of you not fulfilled your Lenten commitments, and if not, do you plan on continuing them after Lent? Do you feel badly about it?
Thanks for listening!! And, please pray for me that I stay strong on what’s left of my Lenten journey (and a few weeks after to make up for what I feel I need to fulfill) I love the Lord, yet I feel like I’ve let Him down by falling short with my Lenten promises–and He has done so much for me. :gopray:
It’s not a sin, but as m134e5 said, it might be a sign of some deeper problem. Remember, our Lenten Disciplines are supposed to bring us closer to the Lord and to help us come to grips with areas in our lives that are keeping us from closer union with God.
Was that the purpose of your Lenten Discipline?
If you were sick you were sick - You should ease up on yourself about not making Mass that week and start making it this week, if you haven’t already - You also might want to look at masstimes.org or your Diocesan website for a parish near you that has a Mass AFTER WORK so that you can still attend Mass on those days when you couldn’t make it in the morning.
As far as the Rosary, try a “Prayer Partner” or do it with Mother Mary Angelica and her Nuns on EWTN
You’ll didn’t let the Lord down. Remember, Peter denied HIM and Judas betrayed HIM, and HIS disciples all ran that Thursday night.
May you have a blessed Holy Week.
In Christ, Michael