When Lent Gets Inconvenient

When you make a Lenten commitment, you’re probably not thinking of all of the special circumstances and unforeseen events that are going to make that commitment… inconvenient.

A daily rosary might not be difficult… until that family vacation. Cold showers aren’t so bad… until that cold snap. Charitable giving feels great… until finances are tight.

Today, Fr. Mike invites us to let Lent interrupt us. Lent is inconvenient because Love is inconvenient. If we give more this Lent, we’ll get more than we ever have before.

Production note: Father’s audio had some technical difficulties this week, so please bear with us.

Meet Fr. Mike Schmitz

Fr. Mike Schmitz serves as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth and as chaplain for the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

He is a presenter in Ascension’s ChosenAltaration, and The 99 programs, and has a channel on Ascension Presents. He is also the host of the Ascension podcasts The Bible in a Year and The Catechism in a Year.


  1. Father Mike, I’ve been watching your podcasts on YouTube The Bible in a Year and now The Catechism in a Year. Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine and campus just opened February 17, 2023. Will you be coming to Oklahoma to see the new shrine? If so when will you coming? Please advise at your earliest convenience.

  2. I really appreciate how father Mike was honest about his own struggles in lent.


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