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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Teens, All Saints and Halloween

In many areas of the United States, whether you trick or treat or go to Halloween parties, Halloween is mostly over for the year. Cities and towns move their Trick or Treat to the weekend before October 31 during designated hours. I guess a few places still have their celebrations on the actual night, which is right in the middle of the week this year. 

As my children got into their teen years, they became more interested in dressing up as characters instead of saints. I was okay with that as long as it was silly and fun, but not dark and demonic.

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The family dressed as characters from Wreck It Ralph!

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Where's Waldo? Dad and Audrey 

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Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys.

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Rosie the Riveter. 

I also kept them out of Haunted House displays, by refusing to pay for it. That was easy. 

But making the transition from All Saints Day Parties and celebrating Halloween is really more about instilling in our kids the importance of the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls. 

I've blogged before that in my domestic church, we have a few important feast days that we celebrate as a family. Of course, there are all of our patron saints' feast days, but also other ones throughout the year that are meaningful to our family. Over the past few years, I have made it a point to celebrate all of the apostle's feast days since they were the closest men to Christ. And of course, there is always a day, season or reason to venerate the Blessed Mother. 

All Saints Day is a way to celebrate all of the other saints that we didn't do in our domestic church and all of the saints that aren't necessarily marquee saints but have beautiful stories nonetheless. For example, a friend of mine just told me about Sister Blandina, the nun who helped to calm and possibly convert Billy the Kid! What a great story SHE has, but it's not one that you usually read about in the book of saints. 

But the other point I emphasize to my kids it that the day celebrates those silent saints in our own lives that will never have a cause opened for them and will never be canonized by the church. They are saints in God's eyes nonetheless. I think maybe my mother might be one such saint. She lived a good life, was a wonderful mom and had a strong prayer life. She wasn't perfect of course, but I think she suffered enough at the end of her life that maybe that was her purgatory. Maybe my grandparents, who took us in and raised us in their home are saints now too? Or the man who drove all of us Catholic kids to band class at the public school when we were little. Who knows how many people in our everyday lives achieve sainthood by doing little things every day with great love. 

If anything, this is a great time of year to hit home the lesson that WE are aspiring to be saints too and that it is possible! So as kids transition from dressing up as saints, to other Halloween characters, they can also transition from being served (getting candy, having mom get their costumes) to serving (helping at parties, taking little siblings and friends trick or treating, and making costumes for themselves and others!

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Uncle Noah protecting his niece and little sister as they trick or treat. 

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