This year we are ready for Lent! Well, maybe. At least we’ve talked about it more than once before Lent, instead of the day after Ash Wednesday. So that’s a good start! We had our usual impromptu family meeting as lunch was wrapping up this Sunday, explaining the how and why of Lent. We gave a brilliant exhortation on a call for an increase in prayer, fasting and almsgiving, which was immediately followed by (or should I say interrupted) by the myriad of ridiculous questions like “can we give up brushing our teeth?” or “can we fast on only chocolate?’
In year’s past, our Lenten journey has been of a more personal or individual nature, but this year we are creating a Family Lenten Plan. Everyone has added ways they hope to grow in faith during this season. They also offered ways the family can incorporate more prayer into our lives.
These are some of the ideas we will using in our Lenten Plan to incorporate Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving:
• Attending daily Masses more often. Whether as a family or at least individuals, there is no better prayer than Mass and Holy Communion.
• Praying the one decade of the Rosary as a family each evening. It is tough for the little ones to sit through an entire Rosary, so we are keeping it simple.
• At our parish, our Pastor asked us to say as many the Memorares as possible each day, for an increase in Kindergarten enrollment.
• Challenging everyone to think of one new prayer they would like to (or should) memorize, and saying that prayer at least 3 times a day.
• Spending more time in Eucharistic Adoration.
• Abstaining from all unnecessary, material purchases. No new clothes, no purchasing new books (library is ok, of course – thank goodness!), no dining out, no pizza deliveries, no to-go coffee.
• Improve our dental hygiene (Is this fasting? Just seems like a good idea) The main thing is to teach the kids (and ourselves) that Lent isn’t all about giving things up, it’s about living according to God’s will. Taking care of our bodies is respecting the Temple of the Holy Spirit, which God has blessed us with. Daily Flossing! Brush after Lunch?!
• Creating an Almsgiving Box for spare change and donating it to a favorite charity.
• Purging our closets of unneeded clothing for donation. Surely each of us can give up at least 10% of our clothes.
• Purchase extra staples at the grocery store to donate to the food shelf each week.
• Pick a different impoverished country each week; learn about it, pray for them and have one dinner each week, eating what they would eat. (bowl of rice??!!) We’ll see if can do this. Mother Teresa reminds us to learn how to give until it hurts.
So that’s where we’re at with our Lenten game plan right now. Of course, we have many other lofty ideas we’ve been tossing around, but we thought it best to keep it simple, at least in the beginning, until we know what we can and cannot manage. Better to start small and build up to things than start huge and watch everyone get discouraged!
Are you ready for Lent this year? What are you planning on doing differently than past years (or, what has worked so well in past years that you will certainly keep doing it)?
Welcome to the first Lenten edition of Little HolyDays! This is a link up we co-host with Haley of Carrots for Michaelmas and Molly of Molly Makes Do. Please be sure to head over to Molly’s page – she is a hosting a fantastic giveaway during this link up!
We are three Catholic bloggers who love to observe the liturgical year to deepen our families’ faith and build up the domestic church. We would love to hear about your family’s traditions during this season of Lent! Please join us in “redeeming the time” in this Year of Faith by sharing your posts.
Some topics we would be excited to read about during the Lenten season are (but not limited to!):
• Observing Lent through Food: Simple or Vegetarian Lenten Meals/Recipes and Traditions
• Lenten traditions, crafts and activities
• Reflections on the liturgical seasons
• Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving
• Teaching and Learning about the Christian Year with Children
• St. Valentine’s Day
• Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday)
This link up will be up until midnight on February 22nd.
We will highlight some of our favorite links on our blogs, Facebook Pages (you can find us here: Dualing Moms, Carrots for Michaelmas, Molly Makes Do), Twitter (be sure to check out our Twitter List of Little Holy Days participants and use the hashtag #LittleHolyDays), and the Little HolyDays Pinboard.
This link up is a way in which we plan on exploring and deepening our Catholic faith, but we would really love to hear from bloggers of all denominations and practices. We welcome you to share your own fasts, feasts, and celebrations that fall within this season.
As moderators of this link up, we will reserve the right to remove any offensive or off-topic posts as we see fit, in order to maintain a kind and positive atmosphere.
So, here’s what you do:
1. Click the linky below to add your post to the Little HolyDays link up.
2. Add the Little HolyDays Picture to your post, link back to one of the hosts and leave a comment telling us you’re joining in so we can find you.
We can’t wait to read your posts, and get inspired by your traditions!