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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Feast of St. Lucy

Today we commemorate another advent saint  St. Lucy - her name means light! 

Lucy was another victim of Diocletian's Christian persecution.  Her story sounds similar to that of some other young virgin saints.   Lucy was raised a Christian by her mother, her father having died when she was a baby.  She was known as a sweet, pious and devout young girl  Her mother, wanting the best for her daughter, made a match for her with a local pagan man.  But Lucy told her mother that she had devoted herself to a life of prayer and wanted to remain a consecrated virgin.  Her mother was persuaded when Lucy took her to the tomb of St. Agatha to pray and one of her mother's afflictions was miraculously cured!

After that Lucy and her mother started selling off her dowry and all of their to give the money to the poor.  When Lucy's would-be fiance heard of this he became enraged and turned Lucy over to the authorities.

Again, like the other young virgin saints, she was to be sent to a brothel so that she might commit sexual sin, but when they tried to move her she was as heavy and immovable as a mountain. Finally the local governor had her beaten and tortured.  Some say that her eyes were plucked out as part of that torture and that is why she is often pictured with eye balls on a platter.

We do know that her death was so noble and courageous that it inspired the early Christians and her memory has been revered and passed down on to all of us!

The most popular tradition to celebrate St. Lucy's feast day is for the oldest girl in the house hold to wear a wreath with lit candles and wake everyone in the house with sweet rolls and coffee!

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