It’s here. Lent. Ash Wednesday. After a rip-roaring Mardi Gras, Baby Gwen made it her special task to mortify my flesh by getting up at 4:45am…Pretty typical wake time. But it hurt a little more after eating too many cookies and staying up too late. So here I am gulping coffee while she chomps on banana and we wait in the dark for the rest of the family to wake up so we can go to Mass.
Lent is sneaky. It really is. No matter what week it starts, it always seem to creep up on you. If you’re needing some last minute Lent ideas, here’s a few thoughts:
- Bury the Alleluia
I made this super fancy, impressive (ahem) Alleluia rock with glitter glue and my expert digger, five-year-old Benjamin, has promised to help me bury it today. We’ll dig it back up on Easter Sunday to celebrate the return of the “Alleluia” in the Mass. I don’t remember where I first read about this idea to help little ones observe Lent. I didn’t come up with it (but you can take a minute to be impressed by my glitter glueing skillz…if only you were crafty like me, right?!)
- Lent: 40 Days and 40 Ways by Lauren Gulde
You can follow me on Instagram (@haleycarrots) where I’ll be joining in with Abbey.
- Listen to Lent at Ephesus by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. We LOVE to listen to Advent at Ephesus during the Advent season and this new lenten album is just as beautiful.
- All the ideas for Lent from my Liturgical Living at a Glance post for March. Lots of resources from around the web.
- Real Food Lenten Recipes and Reflections in Feast! We’re eating the Black Beans and Rice Slow Cooker recipe tonight at our house. But Haley, is your book really any good? Or would buying it be a lenten penance?, you ask. Well, here are some recent reviews from Amazon about it:
Haley and Daniel’s approach to liturgical living is one of the best I’ve seen to date. Mixed in with the recipes are great reflections on their faith and liturgical living approach that seems so achievable for a normal, busy family. The recipes are easy to follow, thoughtful and at times clever (the Epiphany cocktail is a favorite) filled with foods your family will eat (and probably already cook with), that won’t blow your budget for the month and won’t require a cross-country trek to find rare or odd ingredients.
The best part of the book is the overall impression that celebrating a Feast Day does not have to mean a huge celebration or ordeal. It can just be simple, thought out meal – no crafts, no long speeches or passages to memorize – with your family allowing you one moment in your busy life to sit down and reflect, if just for a few minutes, on the inspiring life of someone who lived fully in their faith. A great approach for the modern, Catholic family.
I really hope this might be the first of many cookbooks from the Stewarts!
Great book with yummy recipes, beautiful pictures and information about the Liturgical Year. As RCIA Catechumens, we are excited to learn about the Christian Year, the Saints, etc. The author has shared some wonderful ideas on celebrating the seasons. You feel as though you have been invited over to her home to learn. Thank you!
P.S. If you liked our book, feel free to leave a glowing review on Amazon. If you didn’t like our book, feel free to just forget the whole “reviewing it” idea. Ahem.
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Wishing a holy and fruitful Lent to each one of you! Time for cup of coffee number two and getting ready for Mass while Gwen takes a morning nap (when you wake before 5am, apparently you’re ready for a nap at 6:45am….or at least I am)!