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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Immaculate Conception

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One of the really neat things about living the liturgical life, is that after awhile, you start to have favorite traditions and ways of celebrating, and you find that your children look forward to them as well. This is one of those traditions!

What we have done in the past on this feast is to have a "white dinner" in honor of Mary. White of course emphasizes Mary's pure soul and freedom of sin. We usually have something with a white sauce like chicken with mashed potatoes. Of course a white cake with white frosting! This emphasizes the point we are trying to get across about Mary to our children, but it also makes for a memorable dinner and something they can look forward to.

Many times on liberal Catholic or anti-Catholic forums, Mary's Immaculate Conception will be picked on as a "man made doctrine" because it was not formally proclaimed until 1854. Of course any serious student of Catholicism will understand that the church only proclaim what has been held and taught centuries. I don't understand why so many of these folks have a problem with Mary being saved from original sin and remaining sinless throughout her life! God calls throughout the scriptures for his people to become and remain holy!! It makes sense to me that He would choose His own mother to be his perfect creation as an example to us of what that looks like.

Holiness is simple. It is lovely. It is humble. It is helpful. It is obedient, kind, and caring. It says yes to wherever God calls. It does not rely on its own understanding. That is all Mary.

Today is one of the few Holy Days of Obligation left in the US.

Some good links for in Diigo File.
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