Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lenten Plans

Lent is my favorite Liturgical season.  I really like to set specific traditions for each season for the family.  This year, our plans are very similar to what we did last year.  I loved the prayers we prayed and the books we read last year, so I want to continue with that.




- Prayer: At the start of the school day the boys and I will light the Way of Light Wreath that is pictured above and can been seen at Ann Voskamp's blog. We will read from A Family Journey with Jesus through Lent (which is perfect for younger children). And then we pray the stations of the cross using The Story of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross for Children.

I have been working hard to make it to daily mass once a week so far, but will do so this Lent.  It is a great habit to be in.  

Fasting: My oldest has decided to give up Legos for Lent.  This is HUGE since he spends lost of his free time building Lego creations.  So, we boxed them up this morning and they have been put away for the next 40 days.  The other boys, by default, have given up Legos too!

I am giving up chocolate for Lent.  It is such a huge weakness for me and I love to splurge on eating chocolate after a long run.  This will be especially hard since our neighbor brought over chocolate suckers for the whole family yesterday (and mine is milk and dark chocolate. I LOVE THESE!!).  But, I packed them away and committed to saving them until until after my marathon (which, thankfully  is on a Sunday).  Other than that Sunday, this is a fast I will maintain even on Sundays.

I have also decided to give up bread/gluten completely.  Although I eat significantly less of it since the beginning of the year, I still splurge and eat gluten while eating and friends' homes or out at a restaurant.  But not, this Lent.

Finally, my hubby and I have decided to give up TV.  We do not watch much as it is, but the TV will not be on during Lent.

Alms giving: Although we have not talked about this a lot as a family, my heart is leading toward giving to groups that work with orphans around the world.  They just have a special place in my heart right now.  I would also LOVE to find an age-appropriate service project for the whole family . . . . we will see.

Have a blessed Lent!

3 comments:

  1. Blessed Lent!
    Thank you for the book suggestions.

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  2. I'm really touched by the traditions that you are sharing with your boys. Having grown up with little to no spiritual guidance, I have loved that my kids have known God and had a strong sense of Him from the beginning of their lives. Such joy! ....and I'm crazy impressed that you're giving up tv!

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  3. I am in love with the Way of Light wreath, that is positively brilliant. thanks for giving us a link!

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