40 DAY FORGE
2023 LENTEN CHALLENGE.
The purpose of this challenge is to help inspire Catholics. To stand shoulder to shoulder in a spiritual forging through Lent. We might not be talking to each other every day but we understand that we are fighting this battle together, against a common enemy. We are called to continue to help one another sharpen each other’s swords.
Iron Sharpens Iron, and when iron gets sharpened, sparks fly!
An accountability partner is critical for the success of this challenge. There are no exceptions. There will be no excuses. Make it happen.
We all have lives that differ from one person to another whether that be our jobs or daily schedule of duties. This plan may work perfectly for some and for others it may need some adapting. Adapt accordingly, but remember, adapting the plan is no excuse to go easy on yourself. Lent is meant to be a purge of all ungodly things in our lives.
LET'S MAKE THIS LENT HURT.
Find an accountability partner for this challenge. THIS IS MANDATORY.
— Full day of fasting
— No TV
— No phone after 4 p.m.
— 15 decade rosary
— 5:00 wake up
— Immediately thank God/morning prayers
— 33 pushups
— Scripture reading (3 chapters from the Old Testament and 1 from the new)
— 35 minutes of reading
— Mass (if not possible, read the mass of the day)
— 90 minute workout or a 60 minute workout as long as you pray a 15 decade rosary
— Rosary (15 decade rosary if you decide to do a 60 minute workout instead of 90)
— Cold shower or an equivalent substitute
— Act of charity (could be any thing from praying for someone to volunteering)
— Examination of conscience before bed
— Sacrifices: What disciplines do you need to put into place that are distracting you from being a Saint? Be honest. What habits take you away from honoring God? Have sacrifices that you will carry out through all of lent. Don't be superficial. Choose these sacrifices with a purpose. Know why you're doing them and adapt as you progress.
— No social media on Sundays and limit phone usage.
— Friday is a full fast (tea and coffee only)
— Once a week, one hour of adoration either at a church or a quiet place
— Journal twice a week, reflecting on what you did well and what you will do to improve
— Stations of the cross