Happy Monday! I hope you all had a restful weekend! As I mentioned yesterday, Ash Wednesday is around the corner… but first we have Fat Tuesday— what are you doing to indulge before purifying your body and heart this Lent?
I have been thinking about this post for a while, along with a few others, but it finally hit me… Share the story of what your family did growing up for Lent. So here we go…
I will be the first to admit that I’m not great at long term resolutions- perfect example- the daily gym routine…it’s getting better, if 3 days last week counts. But hey, every day is a new day, so this week hopefully I’ll be able to make up for it. When I was in 4th grade my Mom started this tradition (well that’s the earliest I can remember it happening) where on Fat Tuesday we would go to Lucille’s for dinner and starting Ash Wednesday we would go to Mass every night as a family until Easter. I was not a happy camper- 5:15pm Mass was not how I wanted to spend my evenings and I had to altar serve every Mass, alone. I think the reason I loved it was that our parish still had the bells that would be rung at the consecration and I would get to ring them. Fridays didn’t only include Mass, but also Stations of the Cross and the FISH FRY! As I got older, we wouldn’t always stay for the Fish Fry because I would go to see friends and life would happen.
To be honest, I didn’t really understand Lent until just last year, the importance of it and how it really can change your life. I thought my Mom was crazy, but really who doesn’t think their Mom is crazy? Now, I am head over heels and ready for Lent. Just the other day I caught myself telling my Dad “I’m so happy it’s almost Lent, that means we will have evening Mass again” – since our new parish doesn’t offer evening Mass during the week – and let’s be real, I can only do so many things before getting to the office at 8am.
What is your family going to do this Lent? Will it be something together? Individually? Comment below
I’ll tell you what I’m going to do… I am going to give up meat on Wednesdays and Fridays, go to daily Mass, attend Holy hour more often… Hopefully I can keep up with all of these items that I hope the make a habit by the end of lent. Please join me in going deeper this Lent.
Here are a few resources that I will have at my fingertips this Lent- I will talk more about them soon!
P.S. Amy was on QVC this morning, and will be on again tonight at 10pm EST. Tune in!