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Improving Lent, Part 2



"Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit"
"Father Into Your Hands" by Christopher Brown via Flickr, licensed via creative commons. 

Back in 2005, I posted 40 Ways to Improve Your Lenten Experience from Karen Marie Knapp's blog at From the Anchor Hold. She posted it on February 26, 2006 from the Catholic Herald. I'm dividing it into four parts with some updates, tweaks, links, and suggestions.

Part 1 is here

13. Keep a dish of ashes in a prominent place as a constant reminder of the season. 


14.  If the idea of keeping ashes around is impractical, try this sand art project instead!


The beige or brown sand represents the desert. Yellow for the transfiguration and light of revelation, blue for baptism and healing waters of life, green for healing and forgiveness, purple for Chris'ts kingship, red for Christ's passion and white for the lamb of God.  Each bottle turned out a little bit differently as the children filled them.



 Those bottles held up pretty well over the years.

 I bought an acrylic container and we filled it with sand and the hot glued it shut.










A pretty design for us to have in our Domestic Church table this lenten season!


15. Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 










16. Test your knowledge of Scripture. 
Bible quiz
The Bible quiz
Catholic Bible Quiz
Quiz on the New American Bible.


17. Open a Christmas Club account with the intention of giving the money to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 

18. Visit a church when you don’t have to.

19. Reserve a button on your car stereo for the Relevant Radio station in your area. 

20. Pray the news — for the people whose stories of hardship are reported daily and weekly. 

21. Read an entry from a Catholic encyclopedia. 

22. Attend Mass at a parish other than your own 

23. Tithe your tax return.

24. If Catholic schools get NCAA tournament bids, learn for whom those schools were named. 

25. Observe five minutes of silence every day. 









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