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Lenten Resources

 

The season of a Lent is a highlight in the Catholic calendar.  An opportunity for "spiritual self improvement", Lent focuses on an increased emphasis on prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  In the weeks ahead, we will work to provide you with resources and information on how to use the season of Lent as a wonderful preparation period for the joy of Easter and the Resurrection.

 

Lenten Resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Complete Directory of Lent and Easter Products at The Catholic Company

Lent and Your Family

Lent is a special time when you can share the concepts of prayer and giving with your children.  Take family time each day to offer devotional prayers.  Consider as a family how you might help others in need by giving of your time or resources.  Even very young children can understand and will enjoy participating in the process.  As a mother, carve out time in your day for your own special prayer time.  This may involve early rising or time spent away from a favorite hobby or activity.  

 

Lenten Resources for
Your Family:


Stations of the Cross Shrine Set

A beautiful and rustic 14 piece set of the Stations of the Cross for outdoor or indoor use. These are made of solid cedar wood and finished with cedar or walnut exterior grade stain. Each image is individually printed on metal plates which are then permanently fastened to the Shrine. These make great pieces for gardens, prayer paths, Church yards, or home chapels!

View this item at our Catholic Company store


Online Stations of the Cross:

 

7 Ways to Make Lent Joyful:

* Start all prayers with praise
* Take time with God in a beautiful place
* Don't carry the world's pain on your own back
* Fast for the sake of richer food - the daily Eucharist
* Take flowers and a smile to a sick person

* Reconcile with an estranged friend

* Compliment someone for making the world better
From Catholic Update, 2/95 St. Anthony Messenger

 

AmericanCatholic.org: Lent Feature
Ash Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday, we begin Lent.  The sacramental ashes, made from burned palms from the prior year's Palm Sunday, are blessed and remind us that "You are dust and unto dust you shall return".   Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.

Fasting and Abstinence

Those who are physically capable are called to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays during Lent.  Fasting consists of one full meatless meal and other limited meatless meals as required to maintain strength.  The young, the elderly  and those with health concerns are not required to fast.  This sacrificial fasting and abstinence should be done with the goal of spiritual development and conversion.

  • Meatless Meals - observe the Church's regulations for abstinence with these Lenten recipes from the tables of our Catholic Moms

 

click here to pray the stations of the cross online

 

Lenten book recommendations

These books are available for online purchase through Amazon by clicking on the titles below.  Your purchase helps support CatholicMom.com - Click here for a complete listing of Lenten Book recommendations.

           

As we progress through the season of Lent we will continue to seek out resources to share with you.  We welcome your suggestions as well.  Please direct any comments to Lisa@catholicmom.com 


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Meatless Meals Observe the Church's regulations for abstinence with these Lenten recipes from the tables of our Moms.


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