How to effectively challenge yourself & feel fulfilled during Lent

Overcome the obstacles that keep you from attending mass.

I attended Ash Wednesday mass this morning at this beautiful church in Richmond, Virginia.

Wave bye to what holds you back.

  • Eating out We like to experiment in the kitchen with our new Instant Pot, but we sometimes we fail and end up in a drive-through. No more of this! We’re only grocery shopping and eating healthy foods at home.
  • Biting my nails I know. I know. It’s a horrible habit. I typically do it when I’m stressed or concerned about something. Hope to end this during Lent on my own … though my parents suggested to dip my fingers in jalapeño juice! Hahaha
  • Negative Attitudes & Mindsets Ledesma men can sometimes be stubborn, so this will be a tough one. I do know and believe that changing my attitude and mindset will be beneficial.
  • Negative People This one is really hard. But I’ve noticed that the people around you can have a positive AND negative impact on you. It’s time to focus on surrounding yourself with positive people who add value to your life rather than bring you down.

Treat yourself!

  • Capturing photos for fun every week.
  • Walking outside more during Lent.

“From dust you came, and to dust you shall return.”

Wishing y’all a wonderful season of Lent!


My name is Aaron. I’m Catholic. I’m Gay. I’m Me.

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A cradle Catholic seeks to understand his God + faith as an openly gay man. If you’re struggling with your faith + sexuality or just want to talk, please email me at: aaron.thegaycatholic@gmail.com