Happy Ash Wednesday! We are all sick with colds at our house so it was a rather sedate feast that happened yesterday and seemingly appropriate aches and pains for the launch of one of my favorite seasons of the year!
There are so many beautiful resources that have been put together, so this blog post will contain lots of links to other Catholic sites, free downloads, recipes, and some great Catechism quotes so that you and your family can get the absolute most out of Lent!
Free Desktop and Phone Background:
First up, here are free downloads you can use for your phone and desktop! Click the link to save the image on your phone or desktop for instant inspiration!
Peanut Butter and Grace put together an awesome post on the basics of Lent and the 3 pillars and their meaning. You can read it here. It has great ideas for what to do as a family, suggestions for kids and is easy to read!
Holy Heroes is doing a Lenten Adventure and can be found here. You can sign up and they will email you daily with fun videos and activities. We did the Marian Consecration Family Adventure and our kids loved it!
Catholic Icing has awesome activities, printables and more at her site. This Stations of the Cross blog post is great! We printed out a set of them and taped them around the house. We will be focusing on one per day and when/if we cannot make the weekly devotion at Church, we can do them here. Moving around the house helps little ones stay (more) focused.
Free Lessons Online (perfect for Homeschool families)
We found some online lessons that feature a short video and quiz and our littles are enjoying it. We did the Ash Wednesday and a couple of Saint videos, and look forward to doing more. Check it out here.
Amazing Free Coloring Pages
There are coloring pages here - specifically Stations of the Cross that you could print, color and pray together as a family! Find them here!
Catechism of the Catholic Church Quote Round-Up:
"By the solemn forty days of Lent, the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert." CCC #540
"The seasons and days of penance in the course of the liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death of the Lord) are intense moments of the Church's penitential practice. These times are particularly appropriate for spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies, pilgrimages as signs of penance, voluntary self-denial such as fasting and almsgiving, and fraternal sharing (charitable and missionary works)." CCC #1438
"The Council of Trent emphasizes the unique character of Christ's sacrifice as “the source of eternal salvation” and teaches that "his most holy Passion on the wood of the cross merited justification for us." and the Church venerates his cross as she sings: 'Hail, O Cross, our only hope.'" - CCC #617
Tuna Two Ways | Lent Lunch Ideas or Quick Dinners
Lunches can be tricky on Fridays or fast days, so these tuna salads have become a staple in our home over the years.
Note: You can also add avocado and even tomatoes if you would like to the above recipe. We haven't done this, but other variations have!
Salt Dough Crown of Thorns from Stephanie Weinert
This easy recipe makes a big impact, kids can pull out the toothpick thorns throughout Lent when they make a sacrifice or go the extra mile. During Holy Week you can spray paint it gold and glue on fake gems to make it into Jesus' triumphant crown. Place it on the table as your centerpiece. You can even add a large purple pillar candle!
Recipe: 3/4 cup salt, 3 (ish) cups flour, 1 to 1.5 cups water. Mix and adjust until it's a solid dough not too sticky, divide in 3 parts, braid and form a circle. Kids can stick in some toothpicks, bake at 350 for 60-90 mins, until it's hardened. As pictured she decorated with some fake succulents.
Wishing you all a blessed and holy Lenten journey,