So many good Lenten ideas out there, and so much information, so I've whittled it down to some basics.
First, for a general overview of Lent and lots of quick facts, go here:
Next, I really love my daughter-in-law Larabeth's list of easy suggestions for sacrifices during Lent. You could either do all of them one time, or pick a couple of them to do repeatedly:
A few of my favorites from her list:
2. When having an argument with someone, try to let him speak first. Truly listen to what he is saying and let him finish his explanation. Don't think about your response until he is done and you understand him.
9. Do something to care for your parish priest. Offer to cook a meal appropriate for Lent, do a chore around the parish or rectory, or simply say a novena for him.
14. Read through the lives of the Saints and find your new best friend.
18. Take the time to thoughtfully encourage at least two people.
Also, my friend Tracy Smith has an amazing post on what she and her family do for Lent, and the beauty is in the simplicity of activities!
It's not too late to make the Crown of Thorns or do the Bean Jar! I'm the worst when it comes to "crafty," and yet even I am doing those two.
In fact, the bean jar was a huge hit this morning (my boys were falling all over themselves thinking of "sacrifices" they could make in order to be able to put a bean in the jar (wait'll you/they see what happens to that jar on Easter morning!!).
And tonight after Mass, we are going to make the crown of thorns (yes, I'm a little behind!):
Finally, I encourage you to go through the "traditional" Lent posts that I have used more than once here on the Bubble. Venerable Fulton J. Sheen's 1940 meditations on The Seven Last Words and the Seven Virtues are so powerful, and shockingly relevant for us today in our wildly secular culture. I've broken down his words into easily digestible excerpts; check it out:
(You might want to wait until Easter to read!)
Have a most blessed and fruitful Lent, my friends! Let us keep our eyes fixed firmly on the Cross of Christ, as we unite ourselves to Him.