Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints, Truly Rich Mom and Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families. We'll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds, and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of a GRUMBLE. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of link-up entries.”
Gael’s Crafty Treasures Keeping Love in Lent
This year we made an Alleluia banner and hid it away on Ash Wednesday. This is very significant for our family because my youngest son (7yo) loves to sing the Alleluia during mass. He refused to go to the children’s liturgy because he didn’t want to miss singing the Alleluia. Since the Alleluias were taken away, we added several other Christian songs to our music catalog for our family to sing and enjoy at home until Easter when the Alleluia’s come back. One of our family favorite is “Open My Eyes” by Does your family have a favorite song?
The four of us gave up something for Lent and as a family we support each other and try to help each other abstain from what we’ve promised. For example the boys decided since Dad gave up hot wings that we won’t go to the restaurant that serves his favorite.
|Walk the Lenten Path|
We use the Walk the Lenten path calendar everyday to keep us on track. Each day the boys decide what they would like to do to move closer to Jesus. One day we might give alms by putting money in the CRS Rice Bowl. The next we might say a prayer for friends or family. Of coarse we don’t eat meat on Fridays but like to attend our Parish fish fry which is nice family parish time.
We use our family prayer jar at dinner time. We discuss the meaning behind each prayer and/or who we were thinking of as it was read.
"Lord, make us a light to others. Illuminate our path and help us shine the light of your love to those in darkness"
During Lent our family takes the opportunity to become closer to each other as well as Jesus. We spend more time reading the bible together and reading The Little Black Book: Six-minute meditations of the Sunday Gospels of Lent, provided by our church.
It is important not only to sacrifice but to also add more Love and kindness during Lent. We try to come up with different ideas of donations or ways to pay it forward. Maybe donate a toy we don’t play with or surprise a neighbor with a little devotional gift.
These are just a few things our Clan does to keep LOVE in our Lenten journey. I hope all of you have a wonderful, loving journey as well.
God Bless You, Gail
Check out the Lent reflections participating in the Keep LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013! We'll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds, and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of a GRUMBLE.