Skip to main content

More Lenten Aids

Even though Lent has already started this year, it is never too late to add new resolutions to aid to your Spiritual journey through these 40 days.  There are so many wonderful ideas and ways to enrich your Lenten season that I want to share a few specific ones I am embracing this year.

40 Days for Life has started their Spring campaign to run through Lent.  People in 167 cities are physically joining to focus on their mission of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.  If you don't live in one of the locations, you can always join their email list to receive daily updates and a daily devotional.  It is amazing to see the power of prayer working in our communities.

40 Bags in 40 Days is a great Lenten challenge for those of us surrounded by STUFF, as I recently wrote about.  You simply commit to  ridding your home of 40 bags of “stuff” during the 40 days of Lent.   You choose what size bag and whether to give it away or throw it in the garbage.  Call me crazy, but this might be one of the easier things, but really necessary things, that I commit to doing this Lent.  Faith and Family Connect has even created a group for those needing extra support and reminders to stay motivated for all 40 bags.


1 Million Pillowcase Challenge is a new one I just discovered but must join.  This challenge is not specific to the Lenten season, but a great way to give some of your Time, Talent and Treasure to others. They ask you to sew a new pillowcase and donate it locally to a charity of your choice.  Some of their suggested charities are Catholic Charities, a nursing home, Child Protective Services, a hospice or a cancer center or a battered woman's shelter.  I must give credit to my friend's blog, Karamat - A Sewing Boutique, where I first read about the Challenge.  She has posted a wonderful picture tutorial for making a pillowcase and is herself committed to making one pillowcase a week  to donate during Lent.

Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat comes highly recommended if you are looking for a new spiritual book for Lent.  I ordered this book for myself after reading the wonderful review by Danielle Bean on Faith and Family Live and then visiting the author's website.  Danielle's review in part states, "This book is a flexible retreat, a conversation with Christ, and a personal call to greater holiness."  Her words, "This flexible and forgiving book meets you where you are and nudges you toward greater holiness—almost before you even realize it." sound like something I could use this Lenten season.

Please share more Lenten resolutions, challenges or aids in our comments.  I'd love to hear what you and your family are doing this year.

Whatever you choose to do this special time of year, I pray you are successful and your choices move you closer on your journey to Christ.

Popular posts from this blog

My Favorite Catholic Children's Bibles

How do you select a Catholic Children's Bible?  Which children's bible is best for my kids?  Those are questions I get asked all the time.  Searching in my house I discovered almost a dozen different Catholic Bibles for kids or youth on our shelves. When looking for a children's bible or book of bible stories for children, there are several things to take into consideration.  How old is the child?  Do you want something easy to read in story form or a bible with scripture text?  How big or heavy is the book? Is the children's bible a keepsake to commemorate a special event like a baptism, first communion or confirmation? And the answers to these questions might change as the child grows and develops or you have multiple children. With those questions in mind, I'll delve into the Catholic Children's Bibles and Bible Stories we like best of those in our home. My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories Compiled by Hei

Prayer to End the School Year

Another school year is coming to an end.  And what a year the 2017-2018 school year was..... The events of the last 9 months have made me not only thankful to see it end but needing to get on my knees to Thank God for many things.  This school year began with Hurricane Harvey hitting our area and ended with the devastating school shooting at nearby Santa Fe High School. In the middle of the crisis around us there were so many beautiful things, events and people that touched and changed our community and family for the better.  Let's just start with the teachers and administrators who have interacted with my kids this year...  A special social studies teacher that made a fast friend out of my geography obsessed daughter, an ELA teacher who slowly won my oldest daughter over with her love of the written word, a soccer trainer who pushed my son harder than he thought he could handle, and then helped him recognize how that hard work paid off.  What about a school nurse who repeated

12 Quotes from St. Teresa of Calcutta

St. Teresa of Calcutta made a deep impression on me as a young girl as I watched her on tv and in news. Who doesn't remember the iconic picture of Mother Teresa with Princess Diana splashed across all magazines, newspapers and news shows?  To me, Saints were people who lived a long time ago, but here she was, a saint in the making.  Mother Teresa was a role model of how to become a Saint in our modern world, by giving her life to God through her dedication to the poor. On her feast day, I want to share with you a few of my favorite quotes from St. Teresa of Calcutta.   Her words are seemingly simple and straightforward but packed with meaning.  My selection comes out of a new favorite book I picked up called, Mother Teresa: Her Essential Wisdom by Carol Kelly-Gangi.  This little book contains hundreds of quotes from St. Teresa of Calcutta centered around specific themes as well as a summary of her biography and quotes about her from others.  "God does not demand that