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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Improving Lent, Part 2

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  parts with some updates, tweaks, links, and suggestions.

Part 1 is here

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

16.  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!

17. Do a thorough Examination of Conscience

Here is a good examination of conscience for mothers.One from Father Pat
Examination of Conscience from the late great Father Hardon.

Father Alberione's examination of conscience.

Some for children by Catholic Parents.

18.  Get to Confession. 

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

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

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

22. Pray the news- for the people whose stories of hardship are reported daily and weekly.

23.  Read an entry from a Catholic Encyclopedia or Catholic almanac.

Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma

24.  Attend mass at a parish other than your own.

25.  Tithe your tax return

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

27.  Observe  five minutes of silence every day. 

How to Make a Good Confession