Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lent in a Year of Faith

This past Saturday at our Moms meeting we brainstormed ideas for Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday.

A great idea for moms and dads is to break down our Lenten activities into three categories: Either do or give something up individually, for our spouse, and also as a family.

So, for example, I'm considering giving up all sweets and potatoes chips as my own personal sacrifice (good-bye salts and sweets).


I'll be trying to do something extra nice for my husband every day (and using a calender like this so I don't forget).

As a family we're giving up TV three days a week and replacing some of that time with an extra decade of the Rosary (all 4 kids are under the age of 8 so we've been trying to say one decade together as a family each night...we'll bump that to two for Lent...eventually as they grow older we'll try for a full rosary).

picture taken from http://www.spiritofmedjugorje.org/may2009.htm

A few other ideas that were shared at the Moms meeting are below:

Resurrection Eggs: Make your own, buy them ready to go, or a combo.  

(Click here for Station of the Cross Eggs.)

Crown of Thorns: Let the kids remove a toothpick each time they make a sacrifice or do a good deed.

Last year we interviewed three rock-solid dads and heard what they will be doing for Lent.
You and the men in your life can listen to that interview here.

Below are a few more ideas for the whole family:
Fish Fry and Stations of the Cross at church on Fridays
- Read the gospel each morning (smart phone apps also available)
- Each week read a Catholic book, listen to a Lighthouse CD, or watch a Christian movie as a family. Click here for movie ideas.

Whatever you decide, turn away from sin and make it your best Lent yet.

Have any Lent ideas to share? Leave a comment below.

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