I’m grateful that I’m committed to contributing a post to the Catholic Women Bloggers Network bloghop today, because the truth is our family has been needing to reevaluate “how we Lent.” What was once a pretty intense observance has in recent years become fairly cursory and my husband and I are not happy about that.
Why did this happen? I’m going to blame a combination of factors–our move five years ago to a house half an hour away from our parish church, no current affiliation with a Catholic school (after 14 years), and having less and less of an inclination to leave home for church events or any other events (caused probably by burnout after years of extreme involvement).
I often feel out of place when wearing my Catholic blogging hat because (as you will no doubt see if you–as you should!–read the rest of the posts in this hop) the majority of Catholic mom bloggers seem to be living faith-filled lives and setting great examples for their little kids and basically being all Catholic all the time better than I’ve ever been able to manage. But maybe I am not the only one out there who feels this way and so I’m going to go public as Catholic slacker blogger to encourage all the rest of you to do better this Lent.
Now I am tempted to say, “We are so bad and sinful and we have been doing Lent all wrong! We are going to be so holy for forty days! We will do all the Lent things there are!” But I kind of feel like that is a recipe for disaster. For several years I prided myself on my extremely strict Lenten fasting: No meat at all–even fish–for forty days (except at the Friday fish fry). No eating between meals. No food at all on Ash Wednesday or Good Friday. Nothing but liquids until supper on every Friday. And no Sundays off! I stopped doing that a few years ago and I am not going to do it again. Honestly, I think that strictness is part of what triggered my “failure” in subsequent Lents.
So here is what we ARE going to do (insofar as we have planned at this point). We will all make some form of Lenten sacrifice; we will follow all rules regarding fasting and abstinence; we will go to the Stations of the Cross EVERY Friday; I am going to participate in an online book club; and at least some of us are going to take part in this Lenten meditation. We may do more, but that will be icing on the cake (presuming no one gives up cake!).
For more ideas for Lent observances, please visit the other posts in the hop by clicking the picture below.
How do you “do Lent” in your family? If you want, you can tell me in the comments!