Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lent has begun

Today is important for Catholics. It is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.
Now, I have only been Catholic for 12 years (this Easter), so really, I still consider myself a newbie in some areas.

Lent lasts from Ash Wednesday to Easter and symbolizes the 40 days (Not sure why they don't count Sundays but really it's 46 days) Jesus spent in prayer and reflection before his crucifixion.

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In my home, we fast on Friday's and do not eat meat (fish or pasta). We choose 1 thing to "give up", to sacrifice as Jesus did for that the season. You are supposed to keep that item to yourself (suffer in silence is what I have heard) but I decided to share so that my children could hold me accountable if I trip up.
We also do small gestures of kindness. Whether it is to family, friends or a complete stranger.

We attend church (but we do that each week anyway), and talk about why it is important to remember this time of year and what Jesus did for us.

Our Lenten journey is supposed to be spiritual, repenting our sins and praying. I try not to put upon my children that they are horrible little mongrels and must pray for forgiveness during this time, but to show them that it's good to pray, to ask for forgiveness (throughout the whole year) and to respect others as Jesus would have done.

I like the email I received today...
Affirm All Is Possible: What is impossible with men is possible with God. Luke 18:2
What do you do during Lent? How do you enlighten your children about this season?

1 comment:

  1. We will be attending mass this evening. We try to remind our kids that we should always try to be forgiving of others and to remember what Jesus did for us.

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