My personal Lenten sacrifices in past years have sometimes been too lofty. I remember moments of failing before the first Sunday of Lent. So, this year it will be simpler. We will foucs on more family time with the Lord. My sacrifices in years past were always filled with strict fasting. I can admit my secret goal was more centered on weight loss rather than growing closer to Christ. This year I am looking forward to the simplicity of family time, peaceful prayer, quiet listening.
Simplify... empty...fill with Christ.
We will be reading Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa together as a family. We are also going to try to read the entire Gospel of Mark. Inspired by Ann Voskamp at Holy Experience we will have the children memorize The Beatitudes and keep a journal on living the Beatitudes. After family reading time we will do one decade of the Rosary during the week and a full Rosary Friday through Sunday. Our Lent calendar will include a special intention for the day.
Aside from the required abstaining and fasting, we all have some personal things we will be giving up. The younger kids will do something different everyday. Our Lent guide Bringing Home Lent with Mother Teresa is filled with non-food ideas for fasting. We will also be giving up Friday night family movie night in favor of Stations of the Cross and our parish fish fry.
During Advent we went shopping together as a family to buy food for the local Soup Kitchen. The kids were really moved by the experience of delivering the food the week of Christmas. When we talked about almsgiving for Lent this year, they decided they wanted to do this again.
Lord, thank you for this beautiful season, an opportunity to be closer to You. I thank you for this precious time to grow in our love for You. I'm grateful today for...
Our Faith, a gift to be nurtured, cherished and shared.
His never ending Love.
Seeing ashes on all of their foreheads today, even the tiniest forehead.
The Crowns of Thorns we made today.
Our Lent calendar & how excited we all are to begin our Lent journey with Him...to Him.
The Holy Spirit for filling my heart with passion this Lent.
All the prayer intentions that the children wrote.
Anna losing her front tooth, her grin couldn't be any cuter.
Big, juicy, pink grapefruits.