Category Archives: Lent

Easter 2001 and my First Miscarriage

Hi!  I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2! The thing each expectant mother dreads:  miscarriage.  It was the year 2001.  I started spotting on Good Friday. What a fearful sight!  This was my 8th pregnancy, but my first experience with a miscarriage.  I was scared, but I started working on an action …

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Allowing God to Love You

Week one of Lent.  Our church is using the Catholic Christian Outreach study program Discovery.  Thirty-eight people has registered and most showed up for last week’s first presentation and discussion.  I’m blessed to lead a discussion group.  My group was great and taught me a lot. The purpose of the Discovery program is to help …

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Lent – a Time for Spiritual Growth

We grow spiritually when we pray, when we fast, and when we give alms.  This Lent we should aim to grow in each of these areas.  Here are some ideas to get you started: Start off Ash Wednesday with a day of fasting and abstinence Plan to fast from one of your favourite foods for …

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8 Ways Our Family Celebrates Good Friday

Good Friday at our house follows certain traditions: 1.  We fast.  My husband and I don’t eat anything, while we encourage the kids to last as long as they can without eating, then they can only eat simply so that they are not hungry, such as plain bread and water.  We also abstain from meat. …

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Lights Out has been a SUCCESS!!

Thank you Catherine from The Life I Lead for your Lenten idea that has been a great success in our house.  On Sunday nights during Lent, we have been using Catherine’s idea to turn our lights out and power down.  You can read about our Lenten challenge here. When supper is coming to a close, …

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A Great Lenten Idea … Lights Out!

I had a small idea forming at the back of my mind…I thought a family board game night would be a great idea during Lent.  Then I read this post at Catholic Mom and had a eureka moment.  What a great idea!  No power for one whole evening each week during the Lenten season while the …

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LENT – A Time to Fast, A Time to Grow

Here we are.  Pancake Tuesday, Mardi Gras, the Eve of Lent…the day before our 40 day journey leading up to Easter.  Another season to grow closer to Jesus, to unite ourselves with His 40 days in the desert and to think about our purpose just as Jesus thought about His purpose.  This purpose is God’s purpose …

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40 KID FRIENDLY MEATLESS MEAL IDEAS FOR LENT

The Roman Catholic Church asks us to fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday in Lent, and some families still choose to abstain from meat on Fridays throughout the year, and others on Fridays during Lent.  I like to have vegetarian options for my family for variety in my meal planning.  …

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Lent – Sacrifice Beans and Rosaries

During the 40 days of Lent, we try to imitate Jesus in the desert as He prepared for His public ministry.  Jesus prepared by fasting and praying.  We fast by giving up something we like.  Some things different family members have given up are sweets, bread and ipods.  The kids are also doing “sacrifice beans” …

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