Saint of the day: St. Barbatus
Gospel reading: Luke 9:22-25
I feel like the best part of the Lenten journey each year is exploring traditions – some new, some old – with my children. For the most part, we try to keep things as simple as possible because we all know that with children, too much often leads to “tune out” which, in turn, leads to one very frustrated mom (or dad, or teacher).
On the simplest level, we start each morning by reading a quick devotion before breakfast. This year, we are reading through 365 Saints: Your Daily Guide to the Wisdom and Wonder of Their Lives by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker ((affiliate link)). Then, if we do nothing else during the day, we at least read the daily Lenten Gospel Reading after gathering for dinner.
The wonderful Lenten Table Talk document shown in the picture above is from Family Formation in St. Paul, MN. It can be easily laminated and used as a placemat, though I have chosen instead to keep ours on our devotion table. I’ll write more about that later.
The other resource that I use daily, and not just during Lent, is the Catholic Digest. Toward the back of every issue you’ll find inspirational quotes, one for each day of the month. It’s the first thing that I pick up in the morning after filling up my coffee cup. I let each quote guide my day, re-reading it often and reflecting on how best to carry the message into my daily life.
Today, we added some extra joy to our lives by celebrating a Happy Birthday at Build-A-Bear with my now-4 year old. Don’t let the photo fool you, though! When it came to selecting bears, our pink princess picked a Batman bear and named it Superman. She later dressed it in the most girlie looking tutu she could find, but still, the fact that she has three older brothers can not be denied.
The hardest part of my day, inevitably, was not being able to share birthday photos and sentiments with my Facebook friends. It was really the first time in two days that I missed having that social media connection. As today is the last day of my Colossians study with the Hello Mornings Twitter group, I am saying “See you later” to Twitter as well. After Easter, we’ll reconnect and catch up!
Blessings to all…
“Let us then remember one another, United in mind and heart. Let us pray without ceasing, you for us, we for you; by the love we share we shall thus relieve the stain of these great trials.” -St. Cyprian of Carthage