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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1. A sigh of relief fell upon my household - my two speeches/meetings for our local homeschool group are over and were well received. We gained three new members and lots of positive feedback. This did reaffirm for me how much I enjoy preparing and giving these types of talks and I think this is the direction I would like to head for my years after homeschooling - although that is at least 10 years away for me.

2. Since my guys were away this weekend, I was looking for some ways to fill up the time.  So I went to the craft store and came back with the stuff for Izzy to make this lovely wreath for the Feast of the Sacred Heart! I think it turned out nicely.
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3. Pete is a chaperon for the parish youth trip to Franciscan University. They had  a great time. The theme for this weekend is The Eighth Day!

I think it is quite a brave thing for Mr. Pete to go to these retreats.  I understand that it requires one person to sleep on the floor and I KNOW I would not be able to move the next day.  I know this because some mornings I can barely move from sleeping on the super stiff mattress Mr. Pete bought a few years back.  The floor would probably do me in.  But come to think of it, since Mr. Pete likes the mattress, he probably doesn't mind the floor to much.  I do note that he took the air mattress this year so that's something.   Next year I get to go for the very first time.  Not quite sure how I feel about that, but I do know that it will be Izzy's first year and I want to be there with her.

4. My holy rollers.
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5. At the same time, I shared with Mr. Pete that I have some doubts about the effectiveness of these retreats. I know quite a handful of the young men and women who have gone to these conferences all though high school and who are not exactly living chastely or avoiding scandal - my own kids included. And it's like they don't even know any any better - i.e. pregnant bride-to-be's posting belly shots of their naked pregnant abdomens on facebook and getting many likes from their friends - who also are supposed to be better. I dunno... they come back from the conferences good as gold, but that fades fast.

and now I have officially become an old fuddy duddy.

6. Still I want them to have this type of experience. I had it once when I attended the Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia back in 1976. There was just something about a stadium full of people attending mass that just has an inspirational and exhilarating effect. I'll never forget that! That was also the year Legionnaire's disease was attacking the city- we almost weren't allowed to go!

7. Some Izzy Art
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  1. My husband and oldest son were at the same conference! They had a wonderful time... like you said, that kind of public Eucharistic adoration is powerful! Having said that, I tend to agree with your #5. One emotional weekend isn't usually enough to change a life, especially if there are huge obstacles to grace (ie habitual mortal sin). God works powerfully through these retreats though... it's that daily fiat we need to give after the weekend that is the stumbling block!

    I will be going with my daughter in either 2012 or 14... so maybe I'll see you there!!

    Izzy's art is beautiful as always!

  2. Hey we'll have to look for each other if we go to the same one next year! Glad your son and husband had a good time.

    and thanks for your comment on Izzy's art. She never ceases to amaze me.

  3. I agree that it is a lifetime of preparing the soul for the eternity. St Paul proved that years of mistakes can make a powerful witness to the Lord.
    St Monica and I have been friends for a very long time!

    Izzy just gets better and better. Have you incorporated her writing with her art?

  4. No I haven't yet Janette. I am still remediating her reading.

    However, she has to help at church with the flowers and right in their "garden log" so we have gone over a few words and sentences that she would like to write down so that she will feel more confident doing that.

  5. Step by step. It is good you know the ways to reach her. It is good to see her genius being expressed in her art.


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