There are many, many ways to say I love you, and really, it’s as easy as showing you care.  I don’t know how you say I love you, but these are some ways I show my friends and family that I love them:

I say I love you when I wish you a good morning, and a good night.

I say I love you when I remind you that it’s cold outside and you need a thicker sweater.

I say I love you when I cook, paying attention to every detail until the food is perfect, not just in flavor, but in balance and nourishment.

I say I love you when I look into your eyes.

I say I love you when I follow through in my promises to you.

I say I love you when I ask you to change your outfit to something else.

I say I love you when I do something about it, because actions speak louder than words.

I say I love you when I take care of myself, because I can’t serve from an empty cup.

I say I love you when I take care of you, because your cup is empty.

I say I love you when I look forward to seeing you again.

I say I love you when I try my best to be the best version of myself, and not a second-rate version of somebody else.

I say I love you when I ask you to keep me company.

I say I love you when I keep you company, and…

I say I love you when keeping you company is actually troublesome for me.

There are many many ways to say and show I love you, but perhaps the one you hear the most is me actually saying I love you.

Have a most wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Lent is coming soon.

Lent 2018 is coming real fast.  The joke is going around that 2018 will be a weird year for Catholics:  Lent begins on St. Valentine’s Day and Easter is on April Fool’s.  And, as stated before, it is coming around real fast.  Just as we are potentially fading on our New Year’s resolutions, we are already thinking on what to give up for Lent.

Lent is a period of preparation for Easter.  And while the joke is that most people give up chocolate, in reality, there’s a variety of things we can do in sacrifice to prepare for Lent.

What is Lent about?

Lent is not just about giving up things we love, which is admirable, but it is also an opportunity to do things you don’t love so much, or that you want to make a habit.  They say it takes 21 days to form a habit.  So you have 40 days in Lent to form this habit.

To give up

The idea is to give up something that is really hard for you.  Here are some ideas to give up:

  • soda
  • candy/chocolate/milk shakes/ice cream
  • sugar
  • meat
  • coffee
  • cigarettes
  • your favorite sin
  • music
  • TV/Netflix/Hulu/etc.
  • going to the movies
  • going out to eat

Something to do that you might not love so much

I am using my very own examples here.  These are some of the things I struggle with.  Here are some ideas to do things you might not love so much:

  • catch up on laundry
  • do all the dishes
  • catch up on the honey-do list
  • deep clean the whole house
  • declutter the whole house
  • donate gently used clothing you don’t want anymore

Adding to your habits

Here are some ideas to add to your habits (these are just some habits I am throwing around to add as my own):

  • more prayer time
  • daily Mass
  • exercise (if you don’t have a routine yet)
  • quit that pesky habit of smoking/overeating/gossiping.
  • daily Scripture reading
  • daily Rosary
  • daily examination of conscience
  • a good habit that you’ve been slacking on