Friday, February 25, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  To see more visit Soule Mama

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Preparing for Lent :: Our Lenten Journey

Look at His adorable face.
Look at His glazed and sunken eyes.
Look at His wounds.
Look Jesus in the Face.
There, you will see how He loves us.

~ St. Therese of Lisieux


Lenten Calendar:

(I'm sure this year's calendar will be similar to our past Calendars, at my children's request. . . After 7 years, it is officially our family's tradition!) 

Shrove Tuesday:


Ash Wednesday:

Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Lord, protect us in our struggle against evil. As we begin the discipline of Lent, make this season holy by our self-denial. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Jesus Tree:

The Jesus Tree kit can currently be purchased from Leaflet Missal

I've started updating any links that are no longer valid, and adding some additional links to new coloring pages (to go along with the symbols and our readings from the New Catholic Picture Bible) that are now available, since I first created these posts back in 2008.  

Stations of the Cross:

Crown of Thorns:

Lent Lap Book:

Last Supper Puzzle:

Lenten Cleaning:

Meatless Meals for Days of Abstinence:
(Information on Fast & Abstinence)

Laetare Sunday (4th Sunday of Lent):

Palm Sunday:
View all posts for Palm Sunday

Holy Thursday:
View all posts for Holy Thursday.

Good Friday:
View all posts for Good Friday.

Holy Saturday:

View all posts for Holy Saturday

Our Picture Books for Lent:

The Story of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross for ChildrenChildren's Stations of the Cross (Estaciones de La Cruz Por Los Ninos) The Stations of the Cross (10 pack) My Path to Heaven: A Young Person's Guide to the Faith Jesus Life of Christ (Catholic comic book style) The Tales of Three TreesLittle Rose of Sharon Through the Eyes of John

For my older children:

Life of Our Lord for Children, ABen Hur (Radio Theatre)The Spear: A Novel of the Crucifixion

Praying the Way of the Cross:

Praying the Way of the Cross Featuring Liam NeesonThe Way of the Cross for Children (DVD)

Other Great Books/Resources:

What I will be reading this Lent:

A Lenten Journey with Jesus Christ & St. Therese of Lisieux In Conversation with God: Meditations for Each Day of the Year, Vol. 2: Lent, Holy Week, EastertideWhat Jesus Saw from the Cross
New books for this year

The Imitation of Christ Introduction to the Devout Life, 400th Anniversary Edition The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ 
A few favorites - now on my iTouch using iPieta!

Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection The Little Way of Lent: Meditations in the Spirit of St. Therese of Lisieux Lent and Easter Wisdom from Fulton J. Sheen: Daily Scripture and Prayers Together With Sheen's Own Words (Redemptorist Pastoral Publication)Characters of the Passion: Lessons on Faith and Trust
Also considering. . . 

"Lent is like a long 'retreat' during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One. It is a period of spiritual 'combat' which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism."  
~ Pope Benedict XVI, from his Sunday remarks before praying the Angelus in St. Peter's Square on February 21, 2010

Updated Post:  
The Lenten Season In Our Catholic Home