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Ideas for Children – Three Practices of Lent

Ideas for Fasting
Give up one TV show today and spend that time helping a family member.
Give up one TV show or the radio or music for 30 minutes and read the story of the Woman at the Well in chapter 4 of the Gospel of John, verses 5-30.
Give up one TV show or the radio or music for 30 minutes and read the story of the Blind Man in chapter 9 of the Gospel of John, verses 1, 6-11, 35-38.
Give up one TV show or the radio or music for 30 minutes and read the story of Lazarus in chapter 11 of the Gospel of John, verses 1-7, 17-44.
Give up one TV show or the radio or music for 30 minutes and read the story of the Good Shepherd in chapter 10 of the Gospel of John, verses 1-18.
Give up something that you enjoy today (like dessert or snacks) and spend a few minutes praying for the needs of others.
Give up something that you enjoy today (like dessert or snacks) and donate 25¢ to your Operation Rice Bowl box.
Give up buying something new (clothes, CD, magazine, jewelry) and donate 50¢ to your Operation Rice Bowl box.
Give up buying something new (clothes, CD, magazine, jewelry) and donate 50¢ to your Operation Rice Bowl box.
Give up going to a movie or other fun activity and donate the money from this activity to your Operation Rice Bowl box or other people in need in your community.
Think about a bad habit that you would like to change, like telling a lie, yelling at others, getting angry, or putting people down, and choose to avoid that habit and do something positive instead.
Think about someone you are angry with or who has hurt you. Ask God for the courage to forgive and pray for that person each day. Think about one thing that is good about them.
Share lots of smiles today.
Give a hug to everyone in your family.
Compliment each person in your family some time today.
Give up complaining, frowns, and negative thoughts today.

Praying

Read the story of Palm Sunday, Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, in the Gospels of Matthew 21:1-11 or Mark 11:1-10 or Luke 19:28-40.
Read the story of the Last Supper of Jesus in chapter 13 of the Gospel of John, verses 1-15.
Read the story of Easter chapter 20 of the Gospel of John, verses 1-9.
Pray the “Our Father” three times today—in the morning when you get up, at noontime, and when you go to bed.
Say a prayer for someone who is sick today.
Pray for a forgiving heart and ask the people you have hurt to forgive you.
Participate in Ash Wednesday services with your family.
Participate in the Stations of the Cross during Lent.
Participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent.
Rent the video, The Prince of Egypt. Watch the video and read the story of Moses from the Book of Exodus, chapters 2-15. Try to read one chapter each day. Be sure to read the story of the Passover in chapters 12 through 13:22.
List three blessings you have been given. Say a prayer to God, giving thanks for the blessings in your life.
Pray for the children and families who are homeless, and think about ways you and your family might help them.

Serving/Almsgiving
Show an act of kindness to each family member today.
Show an act of kindness to a friend and to someone who is difficult to like.
Together with your family, spend time serving others during Lent. Work at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Visit elderly people who are in nursing homes or are shut-ins.
Bring food or clothing to the parish or community food pantry, food bank, or homeless shelter.
Do someone else’s chores one day this week.
Donate a new item of children’s clothing to the local homeless shelter or clothing center.
Go through your closet and find some clothes in good shape to give away to other children who are in need of clothes.
Write a letter or create a card for someone who is sick or might be lonely.
Buy a can of food to give to a food bank or homeless shelter.
Talk with your family about eating one simple meal each week of Lent and putting the money you save in the Operation Rice Bowl box or giving the money to a soup kitchen or homeless shelter.

1 posted on 02/09/2005 9:00:29 AM PST by Salvation
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2 posted on 02/09/2005 9:01:54 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Is abstaining from meat consumption no longer a Friday requirement? My parents used to abstain every Friday of the year, pre-Vatican II. I didn't see it in your list and am just curious. Thanks in advance, Salvation!


3 posted on 02/09/2005 9:02:25 AM PST by Blzbba (Don't hate the player - hate the game!)
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Prayers offered up for the health of the Pope, who celebrated Ash Wednesday in the hospital with his doctors.


4 posted on 02/09/2005 9:06:24 AM PST by Ciexyz (I use the term Blue Cities, not Blue States. PA is red except for Philly, Pgh & Erie)
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God bless you! What a FANTASTIC LIST!


8 posted on 02/09/2005 9:13:20 AM PST by Dominick ("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." - JP II)
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Bump for Tribune7 since I recommended the thread for his/her consideration.


29 posted on 02/09/2005 9:50:39 PM PST by Ciexyz (I use the term Blue Cities, not Blue States. PA is red except for Philly, Pgh & Erie)
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To: Salvation

We all need to stop and put these things into practice. The world has gone so corrupt.


31 posted on 02/09/2005 11:32:43 PM PST by Gazoo
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To: Salvation
Wonderful thoughts and ideas... really appreciate your sharing... I have sent on to my young grandchildren and their parents... Your friend in Christ...
32 posted on 02/10/2005 6:44:37 AM PST by Fritzy (Fritzy)
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Whoa?! What's with all this good deeds and sacrifice stuff? I thought faith alone was the trick to getting my pearly gates ticket punched!


41 posted on 02/12/2005 10:20:02 PM PST by Huntingtonian
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TODAY'S TIDBIT

Alms are any act, gift or service of compassion motivated by love of
God and neighbor, for the help of persons in need. Alms has come to
be associated with monetary gifts but it is not limited to this.


53 posted on 02/20/2005 5:47:51 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
So this guy comes up to me, and says, "I'm a practicing Roman Catholic, and I'm in Lent right now."

I tell him, "So pay him back already!"

(rimshot)

Wow, you're a terrific audience. New shows at 7pm and 11pm. Drive safe, and remember to tip your waitress.

54 posted on 02/20/2005 5:51:25 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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Friday, Second Week of  Lent
Fridays of  Lent are days of abstinence from meat.
Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age. (Genesis 37:3)


Reflection.
O Divine Word, You humbled Yourself even unto death and willed to be treated as the least of men by sinners, by demons, and even by the Holy Spirit and by Your Eternal Father. You did all this to glorify your Father, to make reparation for the offenses committed against Him by pride, to confound and destroy our arrogance and to teach us to detest vanity and to love humility. Oh! how truly can we see that pride dishonors God and is very displeasing to Him, since it is necessary for you, the Son of God, to be so humiliated in order to atone for such dishonor!
We can truly say also that vanity is a monstrous thing since in order to destroy it, You were willing to be reduced to such humiliation! Oh! how firmly must we  believe that in the eyes of God humility is an infinitely precious treasure and a jewel most pleasing to Him, since You, His divine Son, willed to be so humiliated to make us love this virtue, and to urge us to imitate You in the practice of it, and thus merit the grace to perform its works.'  ..... St. John Eudes


Lenten Question

Q: What is a day of fast and abstinence?
A: Under current canon law in the Western Rite of the Church, a day of fast is one on which Catholics who are eighteen to sixty years old are required to keep a limited fast. In this country, one may eat a single, normal meal and have two snacks, so long as these snacks do not add up to a second meal.

Children are not required to fast, but their parents must ensure they are properly educated in the spiritual practice of fasting. Those with medical conditions requiring a greater or more regular food intake can easily be dispensed from the requirement of fasting by their pastor.

A day of abstinence is a day on which Catholics fourteen years or older are required to abstain from eating meat (under the current discipline in America, fish, eggs, milk products, and condiments or foods made using animal fat are permitted in the Western Rite of the Church, though not in the Eastern Rites.) Again, persons with special dietary needs can easily be dispensed by their pastor.

Lenten Action.

Share an answered prayer with a friend—give God credit in words. Remember to give thanks to God for what you received.


Prayer

Merciful Father, may our acts of penance bring us your forgiveness, open our hearts to your love, and prepare us for the coming feast of Your resurrection


55 posted on 02/25/2005 7:20:19 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Bumping an old thread. Some things to think about as we step into Lent on Ash Wednesday.

59 posted on 02/16/2007 8:31:31 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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