Michigan Catholic invites readers to #LiveYourBestLent

A Catholic lay minister marks a cross of ashes on the forehead of a student in Las Pinas, metro Manila, in the Philippines March 9. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a period of penance, reflection and fasting that prepares believers for the celebration of the Resurrection on Easter. (CNS photo/Erik de Castro, Reuters)

DETROIT — Giving up chocolate is good, but why not join thousands of Michigan Catholic readers and your fellow Catholics and live your best Lent?

As part of a new Lenten campaign, The Michigan Catholic is encouraging readers to tell us how you plan to make this year’s Lent the best yet. Whether you’re planning to make Bible reading a more regular part of your routine, visit a soup kitchen or simply make an effort to smile more, The Michigan Catholic wants to know. We’ll share the best ideas through our special #LiveYourBestLent stories and features, and we want you to be a part. Here’s how:


Exclusively in The Michigan Catholic during Lent, read stories about how Catholics in Metro Detroit are living their best Lent, as well as special tips and commentary throughout the season.


How are you living your best Lent? We want to hear from you! Email your photos and stories to editor@themichigancatholic.com; send your story to Editor c/o The Michigan Catholic, 12 State St., Detroit, MI 48226; post to The Michigan Catholic’s Facebook and Twitter pages using #LiveYourBestLent; or join the conversation at www.themichigancatholic.com. Let’s uplift and encourage one another during our Lenten journey.

‘Live Your Best Lent’ Evangelization Challenge

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For only $40, (or $1 per Lenten day), you’ll enjoy having The Michigan Catholic sent to your home, and your Lenten generosity will help us evangelize those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to receive The Michigan Catholic. And your subscription is an investment in your own faith as well; in each issue you’ll read stories you won’t see anywhere else —  award-winning commentaries, local, national and international Catholic news and inspiration to make your Lenten journey more fruitful.

To participate, visit themichigancatholic.com/subscribe; or call Carlen at (313) 224-8002. Already a subscriber? We still need your help to evangelize those in need! Take the Live Your Best Lent Evangelization Challenge and purchase two subscriptions for those in need. Any way you do it, help us to Unleash the Gospel and #LiveYourBestLent!

Tell The Michigan Catholic how you’re living yhour best Lent by sending jus your stories and photos.  Email editor@themichigancatholic.com or post to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram #LiveYourBestLent.

Here are some of the submissions we’ve received so far:

I asked myself the same question I do every Lent, “Ah…What will I give up for Lent THIS year?” I have decided that I will give up nothing. That’s right, nothing. Instead I have asked Our Lord to place someone in my path each day that needs a kindness. And hopefully by the end of 40 days of doing a random act of kindness, it will become second nature to me. We are into Day 5 of Lent and my prayer has been answered every single day … and some days more than one needy soul is put in my path!

—Uva Gosine

Ana Lampertius, a fifth-grade student who is now homeschooled, volunteers March 2 at the soup kitchen with her grandfather, Bob Lampertius, and her mother, Marguerite Lampertius. Ana is pictured here with Marilyn, who runs the soup kitchen. Ana loves the new earrings from Marilyn and calls her “Tia Marilyn” because they have become such good friends. Volunteering at the soup kitchen is a blessing to #LiveYourBestLent because Jesus lives right in the hearts of each person who comes to the soup kitchen. You can see Him in their eyes, kindness, humility and gratitude. (Courtesy of Marguerite Lampertius)

Every year I try to do something that brings not only me, but others, closer to God. Last year I wrote gratitude notes and letters to 40 people that made a difference in my life or who were examples of God’s love and grace throughout the years. This year I’ve decided to share my faith through my camera lens. I am posting a picture captured by my Canon DSLR that somehow is reflective of the readings, Gospel or Psalm for that particular day. My hope is that I can take the time each day to read the word of God, understand Scripture a little better and use a blessing that God gave to share it with others and reflect a bit more on a reading that perhaps they wouldn’t otherwise, myself included.

The website is www.tararevyn.com/40days

I hope that this touches someone in the way my faith has touched me. It was purely through God’s mercy and miraculous healing that I am even alive to share this Lenten season. I was diagnosed with a cancer of the bone marrow and waited 10 years for a bone marrow transplant. I received my life-saving transplant in July of 2013. I know that the healing Mass at St. Bonaventure, the constant prayers of so many throughout that ten year wait period and trusting in His plan, were the only saving grace that has allowed me more time to share God’s love. Thank you for allowing me to share my story with you and possibly others.

—Tara Revyn

(Photo courtesy of Celeste Herman)

(Photo courtesy of Celeste Herman)








Reading last week’s Michigan Catholic about Lent experiences in our parishes prompted me to share my thoughts. I frequently attend Sunday Mass at St. Lawrence in Utica. The central theme guiding the community this Lenten season is “Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus.” The traditional covering of the statues in purple draped cloth and the worship space presenting a desert effect has helped me immerse myself into the Lent journey of fasting, prayer and penance.

The display of crosses in the gathering space of the church is simple, yet made a profound impression on me. The different crosses represent the crosses we all carry in our lives. The large cross in the center depicts the Cross of Jesus. We all “Take Up Our Cross and Follow Jesus,” who walks with us and helps us endure the path of suffering from earthly to eternal life. I discovered that the pastor, Fr. Roman Pasieczny, with the help of his friend, Mr. Wacek Ozga, designed and built the cross in the sanctuary and display in the gathering space. “Thank you Fr. Roman and Mr. Ozga for inspiring my Lenten journey.”

—Audrey Zwirner

Divine Child Parish staff members pictured left to right: parish secretary Marilyn O’Brien, secretary assistant Vicky Lezotte and administrative assistant Lil Dominiak.

Lil Dominiak shared an idea about a Christian service project that our Divine Child Parish staff could do for military veterans this Lent. This idea was prompted by a Fox News Facebook post from a dying veteran who was asking for greeting cards. One of the comments posted under the article said that there are thousands of vets who have no family and are alone in state facilities, and a good idea would be to send your “local” VA hospitals unaddressed cards, and they would distribute them to vets without family or loved ones. Our staff each filled out greeting cards with a handwritten greeting and/or Bible Scripture verse. We thought this would be a simple way for our staff to do some thoughtful Christian service and, in turn, maybe make a lonely vet’s day.

—Marilyn O’Brien