My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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Gabe is going to be confirmed next Friday but he will be attending the first ever confirmation retreat this weekend. My older sons also attended a confirmation retreat but they were bused somewhere else for it. This year our parish decided to do its own retreat and I think it will be a good experience for them.

The senior high students are going to be very present to the confirmation kids, and will be a great help to the adults as well.

So tonight I take Gabe and Sam over to church to unpack their drum set and guitar. When the kids arrive an hour later they are going to have a mini Festival of Praise before they get settled in for the evening. Mr. Pete is going to be one of the adults staying the night to chaperone.

I was going to help out for the Saturday morning part of the retreat but yesterday afternoon, I got a call from the youth minister that changed my plans. Apparently a sister was coming to speak to the girls but she is unable to make it, so they have a 45 minute block of time to fill and no speaker. So at the youth minister's request I'm going to fill that block of time. Very roughly I'm supposed to talk about confirmation, respect for yourself, discerning vocation etc. I tossed and turned a little bit about how to make this gel altogether but when I woke up I had a few ideas.

I decided to make my talk a sort of Teenage Girl's Rule of life which I am loosly basing on St. Benedict's Rule of life and of course the more familiar to me A Mother's Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul

I was thinking the priorities for young ladies in this stage of life should include, prayer, scripture, taking care of the body (temple of the holy spirit), study, service, family and obedience to parents. The body part will include purity and modesty and study and service will include discerning a vocation.

It's a 45 minute talk and I was going to use the first couple of minutes for my mini witness just so the kids know a bit about who is addressing them and then dive in to the topic more. But I guess thinking about this is going to take most of my free time today and tomorrow morning. Any prayers or suggestions would be humbly accepted!

Any thoughts?




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