Preparing your home- and family – for Lent

“In our modern world (often hostile to religion), religious families are extremely important centers of living faith.  They are ‘domestic churches’ in which the parents are the first heralds of faith.  In the home, father, mother, and children exercise their baptismal priesthood in a privileged way.  The home is the first school of the Christian life where all learn love, repeated forgiveness, and prayerful worship.”  Catechism of the Catholic Church #1657

I’ve been thinking and praying about what we should do as a family for Lent this year.  I know that my children’s teachers will be talking a lot about giving up things for lent, and they will be going to church each Friday in Lent to pray the Stations of the Cross.  But I still have a four and two year old at home, and there really is something special about doing something as a family that can keep these forty days more focused.

Over the years, I’ve struggled to find good books for Lent.  These are the only ones I could find that I thought would be useful:

We have plenty of books for Easter, of course, and I will share that list with you later in Lent.  But please, if you have any good books that you read to your children during Lent, post them in the comment box or email me.  I would love to expand our Lenten library!

As for activities, well, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.  And if you’re like me, you’ve visited many-a-blog to see what the other catholic moms are up to for Lent.  Here’s what we’re going to do over the next few days.  I’m headed to Michael’s today to buy everything I’ll need because  you know, nothing says “Laissez le bons temps rouler” like doin’ some craftin’ people!  Good grief.

I like this little display for our mantle.

And this looks easy enough.

This is cheap and easy!

A beautiful way to pray the Stations of the Cross as a family.

This will come later in Lent, but I have been wanting to make this.

And look at these darling peg people!

Come back tomorrow to see how it’s all coming along!  Until then, go have some King Cake or eat some chocolate or spend hours on end on the computer or something!  It’s Fat Tuesday, so indulge!

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