Some advice for Lent: Be a kind person!
Fr. James Martin, the Jesuit priest, author and editor at large at America magazine, suggests that instead of giving something up for Lent to do something positive instead.
And he gets very specific in an article titled “This Lent, don’t be a jerk.”
What is something positive? “How about this,” Martin writes. “Be kind. And let me suggest a few ways to do that.”
- First: “Give people the benefit of the doubt.”
- Second: “Honor the absent. Be kind when you’re talking about people who aren’t there.”
- Finally: “Don’t be a jerk.”
“If you feel you’re moving into that territory, ask yourself a simple question, ‘Am I being a jerk?’ If you’re somehow unable to discern that, the look on other people’s faces will tell you.So for Lent, some advice: Be a kind person!”
You can read the full article here. You might also want to listen to Martin’s podcast “The Examen.”