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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Bake the Liturgical Cup Cakes

Bake the Liturgical Cupcakes!

Yesterday, Danielle Bean wrote a beautiful tribute on Facebook to her parents and by extension her siblings.

I come from a long, long line of Catholic Christians myself. Mr. Pete is 8th of 9 children, also from a strong Catholic Family. 


I would love to be able to tell you that everyone stayed strong and continued in their Catholic Faith, but that's not what happened. It's not what is happening with my own six children either. 

I remember reading once that at least some of the children of Mary Reed Newland and Maria Von Trapp are no longer practicing Catholics. (I can't verify that one way or the other.)

I don't say this to discourage anyone or to take anything away from Danielle's wonderful tribute. It's just how it is.

When my own family was struggling with adult children not practicing the faith, I was reminded that God, the greatest parent and teacher of all, still has rebellious children!

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We are living in a post-Christian Culture. The Catholic Church is still in the midst of the ongoing sex scandal. The family is under attack and even the basics of family and gender are floundering. Keeping kids Catholic under these circumstances is challenging!

But what parents have to remember I think is that WE are not responsible for our children's decisions. We can lead them to Christ, set good examples; teach them the faith; homeschool, Catholic school or public school them; go to mass and live the liturgical prayerful life, and it still might not be enough. 

We are the sower of the seeds. We try to prepare the soil so that seeds can take root, but we can't completely control the other conditions that will affect our seedlings once they sprout. 

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So yes indeed, pray, go to church,  pray as a family, celebrate the liturgical year, wear your babies if you want to, homeschool if it's for your family, and bake the liturgical cupcakes. Do whatever YOU can do to make those roots grow deep into the faithful soil. But if for whatever reason they wax and wane or seem to whither when challenged, don't despair.  At some point, that's on them. Just be there and keep praying for them, knowing that the times you spent as a Catholic family anchored them to their Catholic faith, even if they don't want to acknowledge it. 

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And if it takes doing silly crafts, or baking a cupcake to stir those memories and warm feelings to keep them grounded or bring them back, then that's what it takes. 

So go read those bible stories, watch Veggie Tales, pick out next year's homeschool curriculum, or make that paper mache angel. Do whatever you can, whenever you can and however you can to engage your children in their Catholic Faith. 

And if that means baking cupcakes, so be it!

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