How to Make the Lenten Season More Meaningful with Your Family

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Dear parents,

Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the Lenten season and amidst the crisis gripping our nation, we believe that now more than ever, many of us turn to our faith for comfort and strength.

The Lenten season is a time our Church provides us to remember the life, passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ and His great love for us.  And we’d like to share with you some solemn traditions to remind us and our children what Lent is really all about.

Here are some ideas:

Abstinence 

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While full-day fasting may be too extreme for some, and our young children are not yet even required, there are families who maintain this practice through other forms of abstinence throughout the season of lent— from meat, festivities, shopping and other things considered extravagant.

Why not also try technology abstinence? Maybe we can practice no screens after dinner, or limit access to electronics unless it’s for school.

It’s going to be pretty tough and you’ll be met with some resistance – but remind your child that this is nothing compared to the suffering that Jesus endured for us, a little sacrifice will make them better people.

Confession Journal

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If it applies, Lent is a great time to take the family for confession. Once we are able to go back to church, maybe take this opportunity to make a mid-year resolution to attend confession regularly for the rest of 2020.

Another idea is to write a confession journal, where we write about our weaknesses and shortcomings without judging yourself and offer them to the Lord. Then the family can gather together and share among another their confessions so that each family member can pray for one another.

This is a great way to teach children how to be mindful of their actions and to always strive to be a better person.

Family Prayer

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We believe that praying as a family is an activity that should be practiced everyday – “a family that prays together, stays together”, after all. But it’s particularly important during the Lent season.

Set a time every evening when the whole family can get together and pray. It doesn’t even have to be any specific prayer – the important thing is that we’re taking time to be with our Lord and Savior, and it may be the beginning of building a great new habit for your kids.  And let’s take advantage of the daily masses that are being streamed online.  Now, more than ever, we need to come together as a family and return to God.

Give Back

Honestly, if you can come up with any excuse to give back – do it! This is a beautiful way to honor Jesus’ sacrifice to help and ultimately save mankind. Let us try to be selfless ourselves to our brothers and sisters.

Go through old clothes, boxes hidden in the garage or storage room, and shoes that no longer fit. Everyone in the family should have a little bit to give – and to most people who are not as fortunate, it goes a very long way.  Thinking of how to entertain your kids while we are on lock down?  Why not try this?  And find time to search already where you can share your blessings even if you can’t do it anytime soon.  Gather together and check the numerous foundations and organizations online.  Then assign your eldest to remind you to trek to their office once everything is back to normal.

During the Lenten season, let’s be mindful of how much we are actually following God’s Word and take the time to reflect on our lives.  These meaningful activities will stay with your children long after they grow up.

We hope that you enjoyed this article! If you want to read more about parenting advice, news about our school, and takeaways that can help you play an active role in your children’s education, tune in to our blog!

Until the next post!

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