Observing Lent

With the move, Advent and Christmas at our house were pretty subdued.  We did very little decorating and very few of our normal traditions were observed.  I missed it, but it was a matter of practicality.

Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of Lent.  I am hoping to do more with the children this Lenten season to help make it more meaningful to them, and to me.  Unfortunately, we aren't having the best beginning.  There may not be Mass and ashes for us today, as Lil' Lamb is running a little fever.

We have discussed briefly what we'd like to sacrifice for Lent this year.  Each of the children chose something particular that had a monetary value to it.  We figured how much a week we spend on that particular item and that monetary amount will be set aside each week for a donation to Catholic Relief Services at the end of Lent.  I felt connecting the sacrificial element to the almsgiving element would make the children's sacrifices more concrete.

Other resources we'll be using are the Magnificat Lenten Companion App, Lent and Easter in the Domestic Church, and some of the great ideas I discovered on Life Teen's website.

Have a blessed and holy Lent!

Now, therefore, saith the Lord. Be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting, and in weeping, and mourning.  And rend your hearts, and not your garments and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil. Who knoweth but he will return, and forgive, and leave a blessing behind him, sacrifice and libation to the Lord your God?
--Joel 2:12-14


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