Well, I just finished making our Lenten cross. I got the idea from Kimberlee last Lent and knew I'd be starting this tradition this year. [I'll post pictures tomorrow]
I made the cross out of halves of brown construction paper glued together. I made my own flower template and cut out about 40-50 flowers. I can cut more out later this week. And hopefully they'll be needed, right?
I printed out the verse from Matt 25:40 and glued that at the bottom of the cross. I printed up the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy on 2 separate sheets of paper with examples of each act. So, for example, under "clothe the naked" I have examples of clothing younger siblings or helping with laundry.
So I have big intentions for Lent. I'd like it to be more intimate and simple. Really forming new habits.
I like what Mother Angelica says about Lenten promises. Something to the effect of: Coffee and chocolate are not your problem. It may be a problem for your mid-section but not for your soul. HaHa! She is so darn sweet and funny and SO darn right! I love her and miss her dearly. Anyway...I remember her saying that the point of Lent is to form new habits...new virtues. Have a better character. Be a better Catholic.
Food for thought.
What are some of your Lenten traditions and what are you giving up for Lent?