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MARCH: FORTITUDE

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Lent Begins!

ACTIVITY:
From Katherine Bogner, Look to Him and Be Radiant - "Pope Francis has a great devotion to the Sleeping St. Joseph, calling him a  protector of the Church.  Print a copy of the Prayer to Sleeping St. Joseph and add it to your nighttime prayers, entrusting your needs and concerns to the head of the Holy Family."

CRAFT:
There are many great Lenten activities out there - Catholic Icing is again a fantastic resource for straightforward craft ideas. We love the Crown of Thorns using a simple grapevine wreath and toothpicks. When your kids offer a sacrifice or an act of kindness, they get to remove one of the toothpicks. Hopefully by the end of Lent, all the toothpicks have been removed and the wreath can be filled with flowers or Easter eggs!

PRAYER:
Another beautiful tradition our family tries to incorporate during Lent are the Stations of the Cross. My kids love anything interactive so we try to visit one of the local parishes with an outdoor set of Stations for us to wander around. Using a book with visuals can be really helpful too! The blog Catholic Playground has a FREE booklet you can print for your kids to carry as they walk or pray the Stations with you. 

No Spend Lent

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Say what!? Have you ever practiced this discipline during Lent? I love this idea of sacrifice we can make as we prepare for Easter. The girls over at Hail Marry have developed an entire course and e-book devoted to the task; you can access it here: http://www.hailmarry.org/launch-day/ 

The Course Schedule
Monday: Weekly Topics (including budgeting, etc)
Tuesday: Talk to Us! Live Q&A
Wednesday: Weigh-In! How's it Going?
Thursday: Thrifty Thursday Tip Sharing
Friday: Free Friday Printables

FEBRUARY: PRUDENCE

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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

CRAFT: In lieu of a craft, consider taking a field trip to a local monastery or basilica. Take a candle to be blessed.                                      

ACTIVITY: From Katherine Bogner, Look to Him and Be Radiant - The Presentation of the Lord is also called Candlemas in connection with the line from the Gospel that Christ would be, "a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Isreal."  (Luke 2:22-35) Eat dinner by candle light, burn a fire in your fireplace, or go star gazing in honor of the Light of the World who has come!

SYMBOLISM: Blindfold / Candle / Temple

Quotable

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When we are assailed by some vice, we must, as far as possible, embrace the practice of the contrary virtue.

ST. FRANCIS DE SALES (January 24)

With addiction and bad habits, acknowledgement is the first step towards recovery. Through a daily examination of conscience we have the opportunity to pinpoint bad habits and vices that may be overshadowing potential virtue. While it's important to avoid these vices and sins it's helpful to be aware of the oposing “extreme” vice which also acts contrary to the corresponding virtue. 

The following list might help aid in focusing on the positive virtues to overcome any vices in your life.

V I C E / S I N

Pride
Self-Loathing

Avarice (Greed)
Wastefulness

Lust
Prudishness

Anger
Servility

Gluttony
Deficiency

Envy
Cowardice

Sloth (Acedia)
Workaholism

V I R T U E

Humility
Prudence

Generosity
Charity

Chastity
Modesty

Meekness
Magnificence (use one's talents for good) 

Temperance
Moderation

Brotherly Love
Justice

Fortitude
Industriousness

It has been super helpful for our family to have a visual, so I created this digital download or print.

I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. - JOHN 15:5

JANUARY: IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

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And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars... Rev 12:1

PRAYER: From Katherine Bogner, Look to Him and Be Radiant - "Look up the Novena to the Holy Family, and start praying it on December 21st in preparation for the Feast day, asking for the guidance of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in your life."

SYMBOLS: Crescent moon, halo of twelve stars.