Our Lent is far from rigorous. Rather it conforms with the flow (or lack there of) of our hectic lives as parents of young children- already on a new journey of healthy eating that is changing the way we live our lives. I have including some of that program into our Lenten journey- hoping we see it not so much a "diet" this 40 days, but a sacrifice we can do for Jesus (as I keep reminding myself and the children!). Since there is no older children to help with all the kitchen preparing, cooking and dishes which take up much of the day and until late at night, we have little time for all the extra outings of daily Mass, stations of the cross and acts of charity that would also make a Lent holy. It's a sacrifice to be sure, but I try to make it a time of prayer by playing a rosary cd or having silence to reflect.
Some other little things we have added are:
- Free printable Lenten Reflections for Children
- Salt dough crown of thorns
- Lenten Journey coloring page (from Catholic Icing)
- Wooden candle holder to show journey
- Lenten children books and books on Sacred art for Lent
Perhaps above all, God is calling me to patience with myself. My life will not be the perfectly scheduled, perfectly organized, and perfectly clean life that I would like it to be. It's not the time for that. It's the time for messy babies who need to be changed after every eating, floors that don't stay clean for more than 30 minutes, books that never stay on the shelf, dishes that don't clean themselves, children who are always in need of something. This all can make a very meritorious lent. It's what I do with it that can bring a stressful situation or the crown of glory.