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SIMPLE40 - DAY 35 - So It Begins

Monday of Holy Week


We see countless reminders of Jesus’ humility throughout the Gospels. He didn’t choose to come to save His people as they thought He would — a royal conqueror who would definitively defeat the Romans. Rather, He came to earth as a baby, born in a manger, son to a virgin and a carpenter.


In the same humility, in the last week of His life, rather than parading into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday with trumpets blaring and wearing fine, fancy clothing, Jesus rode on a donkey.


This last week of Lent, you are going to discover how growing in humility helps you to strive for holiness and live simply. As you have seen throughout Lent, practicing simplicity cuts through all the unnecessary and unhelpful things that weigh you down so you can freely be who God made you to be. In order to sustain this newfound simplicity, you will need the grace of Christ-like humility.


There is often a misunderstanding of what this virtue of humility is. It is sometimes understood as the idea to disparage yourself or to put yourself down, denying your gifts and talents. Other times, it is mistaken as being a "doormat" for others to use and walk on. Neither of these is what it means to be humble.


Living according to truth and reality is a simple definition of humility. It is to know who you are in the sight of God, recognizing your dignity and worth, as well as acknowledging your sins and weaknesses that keep you from living in true freedom.


A humble person is quick to admit faults, but does not seek to make them known at every opportunity. This person is also perfectly honest with themselves rather than swayed by the estimations of others.


Can you describe yourself as humble using the parameters just given?

In looking as Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, do you see how He fits this definition of humility?


Jesus is hailed on Sunday and crucified on Friday.

How fickle the heart of humankind.

~Sr. Miriam James Heidland


spiritual Pray the Litany of Humility

Listen and pray along with the video,

or click the button to view the prayer and print it out if you would like.

Litany of Humility Author Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val y Zulueta O Jesus, meek and humble
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If you are feeling like your Lent hasn't been the best, don't give up! You can begin fresh today, renewing your Lenten promises. Jesus meets you right where you are. Let Him come to you in all humility...


He will provide the way and the means, such as you could never have imagined. Leave it all to Him, let go of yourself, lose yourself on the cross, and you will find yourself entirely.

~St. Catherine of Siena



In service to yourself and your family, make a thorough menu plan and grocery list for the week, including Easter Sunday.


Click the button below for 2 different meal planning printables that will help you plan and prepare so you are not making last minute runs to the store over the weekend.

Printable Weekly Menu Planner
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 Simple, healthy and delicious!


10 oz. frozen berries

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 scoop protein powder of your choice

1 tablespoon nut butter of your choice

1/2 cup milk of your choice (more to thin smoothie if needed)

1/2 banana, frozen (optional)

Toppings: fresh or frozen fruit, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, bee pollen, coconut



Add all your ingredients (except toppings) to the blender.

Blend on high until smooth.

Pour your blended smoothie into a bowl and top with your favorite add-ons


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