Making Lent Meaningful for Your Family

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Making Lent Meaningful for Your FamilyThis season is a precious time for Catholics around the world, filled with tradition, reflection, and growth. Whether you’re new to observing Lent or have been participating for years, there’s always a way to make this season meaningful for you and your family.

What is Lent?

Lent is a special period leading up to Easter. For 40 days, Catholics prepare their hearts and minds to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s a time of prayer, fasting, and giving to others, mirroring Jesus’ time of fasting in the desert. This tradition is not just a rule; it’s a journey that helps us grow closer to God and understand the great love He has for us.

Making Lent Meaningful for Your Family

1. Share the Story

Start your Lenten journey by sharing the story of Lent and Easter with your family. Keep it simple and heartfelt. You can use a children’s Bible to help younger members understand the significance of this time.

2. Set Goals Together

Sit down as a family and decide on what each person can give up or how they can give to others during Lent. It could be giving up a favorite snack, spending less time on electronics, or doing extra chores to help around the house. The key is choosing something meaningful that helps you grow in faith.

3. Pray Together

Prayer is the cornerstone of Lent. Dedicate time each day to pray as a family. Morning or evening prayers can become a cherished routine. You can also include prayers for people in need, bringing a sense of unity and purpose to your family’s Lenten journey.

4. Learn and Reflect

Use this time to learn more about your faith. Read stories of the saints together, watch movies about Jesus’ life, or participate in online classes offered by many churches. Discuss what you learn and share your thoughts and feelings. This can help deepen your family’s understanding of Catholic traditions and beliefs.

5. Volunteer as a Family

Lent is also about giving to others. Look for opportunities in your community where you can volunteer as a family. Helping at a food bank, visiting the elderly, or participating in a clean-up day are great ways to live out the Lenten call to service.

6. Celebrate Progress

At the end of each week, have a small celebration to acknowledge your family’s efforts. Share what was challenging, what you learned, and how you’ve grown. This not only reinforces the journey you’re on together but also builds anticipation for the joy of Easter.

Lent is a Beautiful Season

Lent is a beautiful season that offers your family a chance to grow closer to God and each other. By incorporating these simple practices into your Lenten journey, you can create a meaningful and memorable experience for everyone. Remember, it’s not about being perfect; it’s about making small steps in faith together.

As we move through this holy season, let’s keep in mind that Lent is a path leading us to the ultimate celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. It’s a time to reflect, learn, and prepare our hearts for the joy of Easter. Let’s make this Lent a journey of love, sacrifice, and family unity.


Lenten Podcasts:

Just the Way I Am

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Bare Bones Show Notes!

Here’s the thing: I love to speak, and I love to write, but for some reason, show notes. UGH! I might want to take some of the advice I give in this episode about the way I am and see if it changes. We shall see.

Scripture Quoted

Revelation 21: 5 “The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 :  “So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.”

The main point

When we say, “That’s just the way I am,” we put ourselves in a box and deny the possibility of change, which we can do with God’s help.

 

Pray with this question: God, what do you want to make new?

Would you like to pray together or learn ways of praying to help you change with God’s help? Please contact me.

 

 

Openness & Self-emptying

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Lent – it’s not only about you

“Where is your brother?” is the second question Pope Francis asks in his Lenten message for 2024.

The first is, “where are you?” which I talked about in the previous episode, Where are You?

In the book of Exodus, God reaches out to the Israelites. They are so downtrodden that they are unable to even call out to God for help. But God cares for them. And cares for each of us.

3 Pillars of Lent

Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are not meant to be three separate acts. One leads to the other, pulling together the three leads us to learn how to detach from created things of this world that separate us from God.

The three together, as Pope Francis says, create an openness and self-emptying that rids us of attachments.

Then, we are able to better care for those around us.

Our attitude has an effect on others.

 

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Where are You as Lent Begins?

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Scripture

Even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the LORD, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment. Joel 2: 12-13

Ashes

On Ash Wednesday, as ashes are placed on our foreheads, we hear  one of two possible phrases:

“Repent and believe in the Gospel,” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. ”

Lenten Message

Here is Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2024

He reminds us during Lent, we go through the desert and God leads us to freedom. However, we need to desire to “open our eyes to reality” to answer the question, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9).

When we know where we are in relation to God, then we will know our sins and what our focus is on during the time in the desert.

 

 

Asceticism

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Asceticism – not a word you use every day

Lent is approaching and I’ve been considering the idea of asceticism. Which is different from minimalism.  But rather than my words, let’s look a the definition from A Concise Dictionary of Theology.

“Asceticism is the ways and mean sdopted by Christians under the action of the  Spirit to purify themselves from sin and remove obstacles in the way of freely following Christ. Genuine asceticism brings a growth in contemplation and the love of God that is not detrimental to personal maturity and socil responsibilty.”

And Lent…

The three pillars of Lent are prayers, fasting and almsgiving. Deacon John and I talk about how to decide what to both give up and do for Lent. We do not divest ourselves of attachments to worldly things for the good of our own self. We do it to grow closer to God and better serve others.

The steps to a plan

First, we pray. Then we consider our options. Add one act of prayer, fasting and almsgiving and give up something that allows you to have more time, money, energy – whatever is needed to do the acts you will do.

 

Lent begins on Ash Wedensday, Marh 4, 2022. Prepare for LEnt this week so you are ready when it begins. If you are listening outside of this time frame, pick something anyway to do for a week.

 

 

 

Is Lent a time of sacrifice or action?

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What is Lent?

Lent is 40 days before Easter, it begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on the Wednesday before Holy Thursday. It is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving; a way to prepare ourselves for the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Sacrifice or Action?

I say both! Give up something and then do something. But it’s not only me saying this, God does too! Check out Isaiah 58:1-9a.

 

Yes, Lent has already started but it’s never too late to enter into the season. For this week, choose a sacrifice and an action for the rest of Lent.

FYI: I have a playlist for Lent on Spotify.

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God’s love for you

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The 1st Commandment

Then God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall not have other gods beside me. You shall not make for yourself an idol or a likeness of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth;  you shall not bow down before them or serve them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their ancestors’ wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation, but showing love down to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.               Exodus 20:1-6

We are the apple of his eye

God has, in one way or another, brought us all out of slavery, just as he did the Israelites. His love for us knows no bounds. And when we put him first, he gives us unending mercy.
In chapter 32 of Deuteronomy Moses recounts all God has done and in verse 10 says,  He found them in a wilderness, a wasteland of howling desert. He shielded them, cared for them, guarded them as the apple of his eye.” 

We are his children

Not only did God give us Jesus for our salvation, we are his adopted children. John reminds us of that, ” See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” 1 John 3:1-2.

 

 

Read the 1st commandment and consider if you have things or people or activities that come before God. Do you want to change that? How could you do that?

Lenten Retreat

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