During Lent, you probably notice that Churches offer extra Confession times, Stations of the Cross on Fridays, maybe Adoration, and of course, Daily Masses.

The Church does this to help us along on our pilgrimage to Easter Sunday. But, this kind of help isn’t forced on us. The Church offers help to those who ask for it, to those who accept it.

Lent is an opportunity to shed bad habits and grow in virtue. And, to do that, we need grace. We need to take advantage of the helping hand that’s being offered.

So, the challenge this week and this Lenten season is to accept these gifts. Start with just one. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to Confession, go. Sit in silence in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Or, if you find yourself making excuses for not going to Daily Mass, just go.

For many of us, half the battle is just showing up. So, show up.

I came across this quote from CS Lewis’s the Great Divorce. Lewis isn’t talking about Lent, but it very much applies to us now.

“Their fists are clenched, their teeth are clenched, their eyes fast shut. First they will not, in the end they cannot, open their hands for gifts, or their mouth for food, or their eyes to see.”

God wants to give us His gifts and His graces, He wants to nourish our bodies and our souls, and He wants to guide us and show us the way back to Him. We just have to say yes.

Be the Men.