My 2018 Favorite Resources for Lent
As the 2018 Lenten and Easter season approaches, about this time, I go a-planning. And ’tis the season for sacrifice, for bringing ourselves low and in preparation for a Resurrection. The valley before the pinnacle of the Liturgical year! It’s exciting.
But, to plan – how will we prepare our hearts, our minds, put our desires in check, deny ourselves and pick up our crosses? Especially at this time of year.
So, in the spirit of charity, I thought I’d share just a few resources that I’ve turned to in the past, and a few new ones, that have guided and added to a rich season of Lent.
To start, each member of our family individually, though with the Holy Spirit, spends time choosing carefully how they will focus on prayer, fasting, and alms-giving; making a commitment of penance to prepare for the Passion of Christ, his sacrifice for us and to draw nearer to God. We always use these Lenten Planning Sheets from reallifeathome.com which log our decisions.
⊕ This will be new to us this year but Loyola Press’s Art & Faith: Lent sounds enriching: “Enter into a visual prayer experience this Lent with Arts & Faith: Lent. Each week we’ll provide a video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures. Use these videos to take a new look at this season of spiritual renewal through the lens of sacred art.”
And, their printable Lenten Calendar has one task per day of Lent to focus on as a family. We usually make our own family calendar but use calendars like this one for ideas.
⊕ The Lent Project at Biola University’s CCCA is always a part of our day during Lent and Easter (and Advent too), playing in the background and available to glance at after morning prayers and as we go about our morning routine.
⊕ Catholic Icing has a plethora of ideas and helps for all the liturgical year. We have used their Lenten Calendar for Children before, and the kiddos love marking off each day. Fill in the Feast and Memorial Days along the way for them to track as well. We post these beside each child’s bed.
⊕ The USCCB’s interactive Liturgical Calendar for Lent is a useful tool to take into meditation time, or those moments in-between when you need a refocus.
⊕ Reading is always included: read-alouds for the younger kiddos, a deeper read for the older ones, and a new one for ma & pa. A few us elders are looking at are Pope Benedict XVI’s Book Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s Book Life of Christ, Sacred Space for Lent 2018, or Sermons of St. Francis de Sales For Lent (The Sermons of St. Francis De Sales).
⊕ And, of course, there is Sacred Scripture every day.
⊕ We also include movies and videos that lend to our liturgical and religious edification. Formed.org is our best resource which we include at least a couple times a week.
⊕ Finally, we make sure to remain plugged into our Faith Community! It so very important. So, whether it’s a small retreat, a community youth group, a procession, a special Mass at a different parish, or simply a group of like-minded faithful gathered to build each other up, we join the visible body of Christ and live out Lent.
What do you do for the season of Lent?
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