Today I received a nifty little pamphlet, Forty Days of Good Deeds, from the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in Chicago. What a fun activity this will make! I wish I’d done this with my first-grade CCE class three years ago.
First, choose your paper— size, color, texture, ruled or unruled— or do something truly unique and personal. Lots of ideas come to mind. Customizing will optimize ownership. Then embellish with flowers cut from magazines, photos, drawings, or—
Oh, my gosh! Think of the possibilities! What a great way to mini-journal one’s trek through the Lenten season!
This ranks right up there with Segy’s book of everyday miracles— the journal I’ve been keeping for the youngest of our four kids, our grump, a self-proclaimed “cynic, thanks to my sixth-grade teachers.”
Most High, Glorious God, bring light to the darkness of my heart, give me right faith, certain hope, and perfect charity. Lord, give me insight and wisdom so I might always discern your holy and true will. Amen.
You are holy, Lord, and your deeds are wonderful. You are strong. You are great. You are the Most High, You are Almighty. You, holy Father, are King of heaven and earth. Amen.
April 9, 2017
Lent is a favorable time to intensify spiritual life: may the practice of fasting be of help to you, in order to acquire greater mastery of yourselves; may prayer be the means to entrust your lives to God and to feel him always nearby; may the works of mercy help you to live open to the needs of brothers and sisters (Diane M. Houdek in The Hope of Lent).
Links of interest… 16 suggestions… Catholic: culture / digest / mom… Dominican Shrine of St. Jude… Dynamic Catholic: Best Lent ever… Easter: celebrating / customs / ecards… Explore faith… Father Greg… For kids: activities (more) / devotions / explaining the season / for kids / games (more) / holy week / observances / prayer: chain & pots / resources (more) / six fun crafts / songs / stations: for families
& printables / talking to kids (more) / traditions & rituals… How to Lent with kids… Lent: 40 ideas for 40 days (more) / about (more) / ashes / books (more) / calendar / call to conversion / called to be saints / cross / customs / days of penance / fasting / first four days / history / in two minutes (YouTube) / meditations (more) / overview / prayers / praying / recipes (more) / reflections (more) / search results / season / this time / this year / toward the light (videos)… Special days: Shrove Tuesday / Ash Wednesday
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