Monday, February 4, 2008

Lenten Cross -

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 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?


Katherine T. Lauer said...

Oh, please elaborate on the Lenten Cross! It sounds good. I found this entry, but it doesn't sound like exactly what you're doing:

This is only my third Lent and I'm not good at Lent yet. I don't know what to do. I feel bad about it. :(

Megan said...

Well, I'm way behind on blogging myself, not to mention reading other peoples blogs, but just wanted to say welcome back, we sure did miss you!