Greetings Parents as we enter the month of March and the month where we begin the beautiful Season of Lent. Lent offers us a very special opportunity in which to grow in our relationship with God.For a moment now let’s imagine that this Lent is going to be different from any other Lent we have experienced as we respond to God’s invitation to “Come back to me with all your heart .Joel 2:2. What is going to be your response?
Yesterday I noticed that many of you made a wonderful beginning to this Season. As I roamed into the various classrooms, I noticed you go on line with your children to sign up for our Annual Walk to combat poverty. By doing this you are already setting a wonderful example for your children in fulfilling one of the three requirements for Catholics on their Christian journey, viz. Almsgiving
During Lent Catholics in the U.S abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent. While children are not bound by the Law of Fast and Abstinence, there are many sacrificial practices that they can be encouraged to do. It could be giving up a bad habit they have acquired or it could be taking on something special like visiting or helping an older neighbor, doing extra chores around the house etc.
Lent is a time to start a new pattern of prayer. If as a family we haven’t been praying , this is a wonderful opportunity to start. We may want to turn off the TV and spend a little time together in
silence and prayer when homework is done. It may take the form of just giving thanks to God for what went right in our day or for the gifts He has given us. In this spirit every family can do something to make this Lent special to our children!