"Lent must renew in us our union with Jesus who speaks to us of the need of conversion and shows us the way to reach it. The Church, a wise and loving Mother, suggests useful ways to reach this wonderful purpose; these are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving."
-Pope John Paul II
Today begins the holy season of Lent. So, what is Lent all about? It's about preparing our hearts and setting straight our crooked paths so that we can better love and follow Christ. I came across a quote last week...
"There is PEACE in P-E-N-A-N-C-E" ...
and this is the most important part of Lent. True peace comes from following our Lord, and we can't follow Him fully unless we get rid of all the garbage that is keeping us away from him. We have many devotions that we will do throughout Lent, but the most important is taking part in the Sacrament of Reconciliation often. We will be doing much of the same as last year, along with adding a few new things....
1. As we sit down for a meal, we will read one of the following (one per meal):
Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa
Welcome Risen Jesus
Bible Story to go with our Jesus tree banner (note: this is a kit and does require assembly)
3. After lunch we will all take some quiet prayer time and we will have an opportunity for any of the following: read a spiritual book, pray the Rosary (using this lovely version), pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet (we have this recorded on our DVR and it is played weekly on EWTN), or the pray the Stations (we have a poster set that is hung up around the house plus we will also be making this kit).