Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lent


I wanted to share what I will be doing this lent. Just in case anyone is unfamiliar, lent is a time or prayer and fasting (40 days to be exact) and we do this to prepare for Easter and because Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights in the desert. Some people give up things for lent and I've done that for many years, but now that I have kids and work I really don't have much of anything I do for myself to give up. I've found that doing something for lent is much more beneficial to me.

Prayer is a tough thing for me to make time for. I find I get caught up in "getting everything done" rather than creating time for prayer. This lent I'm going to do the Little Black Book devotion. I did the same last year and got so much from it. It's a book that takes about 5mins a day and has readings and reflections for each day of lent. It's so simple, but I found it so insightful and peaceful that I wanted to do it again this year. What are you doing or not doing this lenten season?

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  1. I stopped giving things up a few years ago for the same reason. There was no one thing that I did or had or ate that would have been a huge sacrifice to give up. So, I'm doing my 40 Days, 40 Bags clean-out thing and prepping to open my Etsy shop.

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  2. Adding something that will enhance you spiritually is very important. I generally give an indulgence up and add something spiritual. I'll be posting about it.

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  3. I told my very Catholic boss today about the doing something good instead of giving something up, and he didn't believe me! I'm glad that you are on the same page with this. I still haven't decided what I want to do though...

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  4. This year I am sewing up a brown stuffed cross to hang in the kitchen. I am going to cover it in red tipped pins (use it like a pin cushion) to represent our sin that crucified Our Lord. Over lent we can pull pins out for every act of our duty of state that we offer to our Lord in reparation of offenses committed against His Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of His Mother. Since we are supposed to sanctify ourselves through our vocations, and mine is wife and mother I figure all we need to do is simply put God at the center of our home life and then offer every washed dish, wiped nose, spilled milk, temptation, etc to Him! We are doing this in addition to giving up tv (not very hard, since we never really watch it) and adding a daily examination of conscience (St.Padre Pio made this mandatory for his spiritual children). We are going to make sure we say our Family Rosary and have started St. Bridget's 15 prayers (you say them for a year) in honor of all the wounds Our Lord suffered on the cross. Since we aren't giving up much we hope the cross will remind us to make constant small sacrifices of Charity. I also am now committing to losing 40 lbs of baby weight after my three babies (my kids are all born within a month or two to yours!! Samantha is 3 (born June 30/08), Jacob is 2 (Dec 17/09) and Catherine is 4 months (Oct22). Funny hey?! I was actually up most of the night last night 'unwinding' while reading your blog. I found it on the tupler technique fb page and was enamored for hours by your sweet family. Thanks ;) I am obviously Catholic was fascinated to learn about the size of your family. Nothing new up here in Winnipeg, Canada, but most of our large Catholic families are pretty poor, and most Catholics out here are not open to children (so sad). Hope this helps with your lent!

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    1. Welcome! How neat with our kids ages :) Those are big lenten sacrifices! I did the 15 prayers before and they are lengthy. Thanks for dropping by!

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  5. I've done both for Lent and I find doing something to be very beneficial. I'll be giving up FB this year.

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  6. I think giving something up or adding something else is a great way to remind yourself of the season. I too need to spend more time in prayer/reading the Bible. Great way to "add" instead of making it like a punishment. That said, I'm also giving up sugar. :) I need to!

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  7. I'm giving up Starbucks for Lent. And the husband is giving up soda. SO hard!

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