Friday, February 05, 2016

Kiss Those Chocolates Goodbye and Other Lent Ideas

Lent is closing in and the Hazard homestead is gearing up.  What’s in store for us this year can be broken down in seven well-laid plans:  (Joining  Kelly for seven quicktakes today)

Have you tried the kisses truffles?  You should, but do it after Lent.
1.  Fasting and Abstinence.  Lent is, of course, the season to give up unhealthy attachments and learn detachment.  On top of the required fasting and abstinence days, my family wrote a list of things we are giving up for Lent which include: desert, video games, non-saint movies and social media. 

 Each Lent, our pastor also makes an emphasis to challenge us to do more for our spiritual life during this season.  Our family to-do list is lengthy and varied in case we fail at some of our goals.  

2.   Jar of Sacraments.   For every Sacrament or devotion  (such as Eucharistic Adoration, Divine Mercy or Station of the Cross) the kids can secure a jewel in their jar.

Repurposed condiment jar with burlap and twine
 (Slits will be added at the last minute to prevent undue pre emptive jewel dropping) 
3. Work of Mercy. To drum up publicity for the year of mercy, we plan to visit doors of mercy more often and perform a work of mercy for the souls in purgatory.  The kids are also learning that the corporal works of mercy (feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, etc.) can be performed for their (less fortunate) family members. 

4.   New prayers.  We’re ambitiously learning three prayers this year: Prayer before Crucifix, Memorare and Angelus.  The prayer before the crucifix is in our pieta book and the Catholic Prayers which we tote around during Lent so that we can earn a plenary indulgence. The Marian prayers, framed in the homeschool wall, will be prayed after the school day is over.   

These prayers and pictures are from the 2016 calendar of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Concepcion
You can frame the free printables from

5. Crown of Thorns Dough.  The children love this craft of baking salty dough into a crown of thorns, so we’ve been keeping it annually.  For every good deed they do, they get to take out a thorn from Jesus’ head.

6. Lenten Read –The BIS Lenten workbook was my big plan but since that sold out quicker than I could say “Mine!” I’ve conceded that maybe the Holy Spirit has other plans, so I clicked over to Kelly’s list of recommended reading, and our parish lending library, said a short prayer and picked two:


7.  Virtue.  A few Lenten seasons ago, during a parish mission, the fathers of mercy supplied us with a list of virtues juxtaposed to their corresponding vices.  Using that infographic, I'm trying to recall which capital sins I struggle with (those that come up in the confessional regularly) and practice a certain virtue for Lent.   Sloth is my shame and industry is my attempted virtue (more on that later).

I hope you have a blessed Lent!



Marcia said...

I am liking the idea of a pieta prayer book. Thanks for the idea :-)

Gina Guarnere said...

I love the Jar of Sacraments idea. LOVE it!

Also, yay for them learning the Memorare. It's my favorite! <3