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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St. Francis

A little wooden statue I found at a local flower shop a few years ago, so we could have it for this feast day!

St. Francis of Assisi!


Sam in a St. Francis costume we made a few years back.

It's always a little hard to celebrate a neat feast day during the busy week! I wrote a little about how we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis back in 2007.

If you are lucky, there will be a parish near you that has a blessing of the pets.
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A beautiful blessing about how God has given us the animals to bless our lives.

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Noah holding our dog Sophie, while the good Deacon blesses her!
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This year, since our church didn't offer that, we're going to do our own blessing with Holy Water from Church  and this prayer from Catholic Online. 

Lord God King of heaven and earth, Thou the Word of the Father by whom all creatures were given us for our support: look down, we beseech Thee, on our lowliness. As Thou hast given us these animals to assist us in our labors and needs so mayest Thou in Thy great goodness and mercy bless them from above, guard and preserve them; and, while Thou givest Thy servants temporal benefits, mayest Thou grant us thy continual grace so that we may praise Thy holy name with thanksgiving. 

Translated by Most Reverend J. H. Schlarman Bishop of Peoria

and bless our Kitty too!
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  1. Aww, this post made me miss my dog, Lovely. She was the gentlest dog ever. I wish she was still around...

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