Wednesday, Feb 29
We did it. We prayed the 14 Stations of the Cross as a family right after dinner last night. I turned out all the lights and lit the candles — it was so beautiful! The darkness and candlelight definitely set the tone. The children all picked a spot where they would try very hard to sit for the duration. Smarty Pants and I took turns reading each station, and each child was allowed to help blow out the candles, taking turns. The Hubs was in charge of Social Butterfly who has a very hard time sitting still. My hope is that praying the Stations each Tuesday and Friday during Lent will be our opportunity to teach her how to sit still for a period of time. I’ll keep you posted on that one.
As you can see in the photos, our four year old was particularly interested in our new endeavor. For the past month, his favorite book has been the Stations of the Cross by Fr. Lovasik. He is mesmerized by the story of Christ’s Passion and Death. So the little guy, who really, really struggles with sitting through an hour-long Mass on Sundays, did quite well with this ten minute exercise in stillness and meditation. Well, I don’t know about the meditating part, but he was still, and that is a big deal for him.
We’ll see how we do for the duration of Lent, but it was very special to do this together last night and I am sincerely looking forward to the next time.