The Thursday 13 – Devotions and Activities for a Meaningful Lenten Season

1.  Journaling as a Spiritual Practice for Lent

Lent is a time to be intentional. It is more than giving up sweets for 40 days, or trying to be more devout. It is really a time to look seriously and intentionally at our lives – who we have been, who we are, and who we are becoming. Journaling is a way for us to embody this intention, because it gives us an environment for delving deeply into the bottomless well of our souls. Each week during Lent, take the time to use the journal as a spiritual practice for looking into the wonder you embody. Visit explorefaith.og for a Lenten journal format.

2. An rss feed of daily prayers for the Lenten season from Praying Lent

3. And from the same site, ideas for Choosing and Acting Lent

4. Find out about Lenten fasting during medieval times. You’ll also find the recipe for baking the “formed fish” pictured at the top of this post http://www.coquinaria.nl/english/recipes/03.2histrecept.htm

5. A calendar of devotions for Lent from EWTN

6. Visit Lent 4.5 for weekly theme lessons on Christian Simplicity

7. Here is a free ebook (PDF) to help you observe Lent as a family. Included are directions for a family Lenten Tree

8. Check out Catholic Culture’s Pretzel Page to find the Lenten significance of pretzels and a recipe for making pretzels with your children

9. Very, Very Nice! A free 2011 calendar page from the Catechist’s Journey : Lent 40 Ideas for 40 Days (PDF)

10. 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

11 Holy Spirit Interactive has a Q&A page “Everything you ever wanted to know about Lent”

12. Bible Gateway has a Bible reading plan to Read Through The Gospels During Lent. They’ll send you prompts and devotions in your email, free.

13. Finally – are you wondering what to “give up” for Lent?

Give up complaining. . . . . . . .focus on gratitude.

Give up pessimism. . . . . . . . . become an optimist.

Give up harsh judgments . . .think kindly thoughts.

Give up worry. . . . . . . . . . . . . trust Divine Providence.

Give up discouragement. . . . .be full of hope.

Give up bitterness. . . . . . . . . . turn to forgiveness.

Give up hatred. . . . . . . . . . . . . return good for evil.

Give up negativism . . . . . . . . .be positive.

Give up anger. . . . . . . . . . . . . .be more patient.

Give up pettiness. . . . . . . . . . .become mature.

Give up gloom. . . . . . . . . . . . . .enjoy the beauty that is all around you.

Give up jealousy. . . . . . . . . . . .pray for trust.

Give up gossiping. . . . . . . . . . .control your tongue.

Give up sin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . turn to virtue.

Give up giving up. . . . . . . . . . . hang in there!

 

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  1. Kaye Swain March 11, 2011