Enjoy these Lenten resources and check back often for new tools.
Married to springtime, Lent is an invitation to renewal. Prayer practices, fasting and almsgiving are set upon a landscape of sprouting daffodils. What was once impenetrable is ripe for bloom! We long to sing “Alleluia!” but hush ourselves saying “not yet.”
Lent invites us to awaken to the sense of becoming that permeates all of life. We enter this liminal time as souls open to change. Like a frozen river warming, the current of God’s mercy breaks the icy exterior of our hearts, urging us to let go of the shores where we have become comfortable and fortified.
Tools for Lenten Family Time
Research shows that children derive emotional benefits from the celebration of rituals. Traditions offer children moorings, inspiring a sense of belonging and community in a fractured world. Religious seasons like Lent provide an opportunity for families to re-engage rituals or experiment with new prayer times.
The Christian Family Movement provides a wonderful, easy to use, family enrichment resource for Lent. It contains options for families with young, middle, and older children.
Another wonderful resource is the book, Lent and Easter in the Domestic Church by Catherine and Peter Fournier. This illustrated book provides family activities to celebrate the Catholic liturgical seasons of Lent and Easter. The book also includes information about Saints and almsgiving.
Ghandi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Hands On Northeast Ohio provides a searchable database of service opportunities in the region.
This website provides an abundant listing of Lent and Easter resources, ranging from Scripture reading plans to sites with music and art. Have you ever wanted to make a palm cross? They have a link to show you how to make one!