Saturday, March 25, 2017

Lent: We're Halfway There!

Unfortunately, this makes my kids think of the Bon Jovi song "Living on a Prayer," probably because it goes: "Whooaaaaoooooo, we're half way there, Whooaaaaoooooo, living on a prayer."

The kids are working on a Lenten parody, and they are, well, half way there.

To be clear, I'm not advocating Bon Jovi for Lent.  I grew up in New Jersey in the 1980s (Bon Jovi is from New Jersey), and, not being an ardent fan, I felt stuck in the middle of the Bon Jovi ocean.  By which I mean I was completely surrounded and could see no end to it.

My kids like Bon Jovi.  They also like lima beans though, so it's not an endorsement.

Wait, what was I talking about?  Right, Lent!

The scripture cross is filling out.

The vine and branches are filling in.

The sacrifice bean jar is filling up.

 The Walking with Jesus poster is going along fine.  I kind of ran out of room so it is hanging above the world map in the front hall.  I think I may move it so it's more readily available.

The Gospel Desserts have been great!

We are getting to Mass a little more often.

In fact, at Mass this morning for the Annunciation, Father told us that it was a feast day and we should eat all the sweets we want today.

We take his spiritual advice seriously!

I've been getting more spiritual reading done, and I've been listening to Archbishop Sheen podcasts, but other than that, it feels like most of the things I thought I'd do for Lent have happened only intermittently.

That used to bother me, but it doesn't anymore.  Many of the things I had wanted to do got overturned by things I could see God wanted me to do, and as to the rest, they are an excellent reminder of my own weakness.

I don't think I've ever had (or will have!) a "perfect Lent," and that's probably a good thing for me.  If I did, I'm sure I'd be enormously proud of what I'd done! Have you heard "The operation was a success, but the patient died."?

Now is a good time for me to reflect and try again at my poor and imperfect Lent with my poor and imperfect self!

So, how is your Lent going?


Desiree said...

Your kids like lima beans???

I guess, to be fair, mine might too for all I know. I've never given them the chance. ;)

My Lent has been really imperfect too - but I think you are right, it's probably better that way. This is only the second Lent I have ever observed, but like last year, it seems to have come with its own special crosses that I didn't choose. They overwhelm the sacrifices that I picked out for myself, most days. But again, it's probably better that way. Blessings!

Wendy said...

Yeah, they also like squash and brussels sprouts, none of which I ever wanted as a kid!

Congratulations on your second Lent! Many blessings!