Each of ours is starting with those unexpected, expected distractions? You know, the ones realized after absent-mindedly biting into Friday’s lunch of a turkey sandwich? Julie and Lisa each share their missteps and insights to stepping back onto the path. Be bold, be constant, keep the course.
Have you thought about to prepare your home for Lent? We shared some ideas to help our homes, the domestic church, mirror the Lenten liturgical season. Children learn through signs and symbols so it is a way to immerse our children tangible devotion and joy.
Build the domestic church with a Stations of the Cross in your home. A beautiful Lenten devotion can be a family prayer each week. Lisa actually created a Stations of the Cross suitable for the home mantel. Check out her handiwork here.
Bibles: every family should have one, displayed for all to see. Let’s bring back the family Bible with a place of honor in the home. Open it and read as a family.
Holy Water: A reminder of our Baptism and “temptation repellent”. What? Did you know that Holy Water is a sacramental. Because of the blessing attached to it, the Catholic Church strongly urges its use for our protection. Place a holy water font near a door in your home, and family members can bless themselves daily.
An Easter scene similar to a Nativity scene. Set it up on Good Friday and change the scenes leading up to Easter — the resurrection. Check out an idea here.
TGIF during Lent? Absolutely! Every Friday in Lent is a mini-commemoration of Good Friday. So “TGIF” really takes on a different meaning with that in mind, doesn’t it? Praise God, with joy, when Friday rolls around, as it is a day to be grateful for the wonderful things Christ has done for us. This is the day of his passion. Be bold and take time to plan a nice meal for your family.
The tradition of abstaining from meat products during Lent reminds us of the staple food in Jesus’ time: fish. How many of you struggle with meal planning during Lent? How many of you really don’t like fish? (Lisa’s looking for a “Non-Fish-Eaters Anonymous” group to join!) But did you know the Greek phrase “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior” creates the acronym ”FISH” in that language? So eating fish can be a reminder of Jesus.
Have any good Lenten recipes to share with us? Share your best recipes with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may even give you a shout-out on air!
Thank you for your prayers. We are praying for you, too!
Now go do impossible things for Him!