KEEPING LOVE IN LENT!
I was excited when I heard about this Link Up for a couple of reasons.This Cross I Embrace: Keep LOVE in Lent
- I could be inspired by what others are doing within their families to focus on the ultimate sacrificial gift of love. God sacrificing His only Son for us... for me. Truly a humbling moment that I want to imprint on my son's heart.
- I could learn what other churches are doing to instill Love during Lent in their congregations.
- Lastly, I could gather ideas for how to teach my first graders in a meaningful way that they will remember when they're outside of church, to Keep Love in Lent!
Now what I would like to share is what I am doing to Keep Love in Lent. I'd like to say that I thought and prayed about what I'm doing but to be honest, my parish priest asked me to be part of a core group of members in a newly formed ministry. Once I said yes, it took on a life of it's own. I'm part of my church's Peace and Justice Ministry and our first goal is to encourage our fellow parishioners to participate in Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Campaign.
We've been participating in this program for years, but this year, we'd like it to impact our parishioners as individuals and also collectively, as a church.
We want it to be less of a perfunctory act and more of a meaningful act.
We want to show how fortunate we are as Americans and how less fortunate some Americans are and especially the third world countries.
The CRS website is asking for participants to register their rice bowls and they offer a calendar of ideas of how to connect the poor with Peace and Justice.
I am also working on compiling a list of Charitable Works within our surrounding area to either volunteer, pray or donate. Once I started looking, I learned of other denominations who have weekly dinners for the poor, the many opportunities to pray at an abortion clinic, to volunteer and rock babies at a home for mommy's and their babies, to donate your shoes to Soles4Souls, volunteer at Feed My Starving Children, and bring baby items to a women's center...etc. There are many charitable activities to get involved in!
It's tougher to find Social Justice issues to get involved in. The overall idea is to remove root causes to improve structures in affordable housing, improving the education system, legal protection for the unborn, participating in a living wage campaign, promoting peace of advocating for international assistance.
What activities have you found in your community to focus on Peace and Justice
within our borders and beyond?
I would especially love to hear about what you're doing for Social Justice.
"The conscience is called by this social teaching to recognize and fulfill the obligations for justice and charity in society." Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.
"Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more. Luke 13:48
Check out the Lent reflections participating in the Keep LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013! We'll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds, and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of a GRUMBLE.
Discover new Catholic Blogs to follow! I can't wait to meet new ones too!
Equipping Catholic Families: Keeping Love in Lent
Call Her Happy 40 Lenten Activities For Kids
Lenten Love: Little Acts of Love
Grow the Roses: Keeping Love in Lent
Family at the Foot of the Cross: Loving Service
Catholic Homeschooling Joy: Lenten Activity
Joy: Keep the Love in Lent
Twenty Tuesday Afternoons: Tuesday #11: Pancake Tuesday/Keeping Love in Lent
Campfires and Cleats: Why a Failing Lent Really Isn't
Harrington Harmonies: Make a Lenten Holy Hour
A Mommy of Three: Good Deeds for Lent
Loving the Semi Country Life: Lent: special time to reflect and keep the love in lent
Written By the Finger of God: A 7 Step Lenten Plan
Mommy Bares All: Giving Up and Making Space for Love this Lent
The Irish Lassie Shop: Seek God Everywhere
Hand-Maid with Love: Living Lent Loving, Lent
Words on Heaven: IN THE DESERT FOR 40 DAYS
On The Way Home: Keeping LOVE in Lent
Homeschooling with Joy: Keep Love in Lent
Mountain Grace: Keep Love in Lent
Eyes On Heaven: I am Choosing to Live
Life of Fortunate Chances: Love is Fun: Keeping Love in Lent
Fifth of Five: Keeping the LOVE in Lent
I Blog Jesus: for Praying our Loud!
Overflow: Loving Lent with Little Ones
Sole Searching Mama: 15 Ways to Experience a More Meaningful Lent
Catholic All Year: My Biggest Lent Fails and How I Learned Mortification
Four Little Ones: Keeping Love in Lent
Gaels Crafty Treasures Keeping Love in Lent
Bear Wrongs Patiently: Lent for the Scrupulous
Rosarymom Keep Love in Lent
Love Letters 7.10: Teacups (Keeping the Love in Lent)
Little Saints in the Making: Keep Love in Lent
Blessed with Full Hands:Keeping Love in Lent-Praise Him
Normal Chaos: Our Own Personalized Lenten Journey
These Little Blessings: Giving Love This Lent
The Cajun Catholic: The our Father; a lenten reflection
Truly Rich Mom: Keeping Love in Lent...Even When It Is Difficult
GATHERING GRACES: Keeping LOVE in LENT
Salsa Pang Sulyap - Fullness of His Love
Liturgical Time: Keeping Love in Lent - Finding Balance
Grace Loves Iggy: love in lent
Sacred Oysters: Empty (Keeping LOVE in LENT)
Tercets: Make Heart Rosary Decades to Pray for Others
The Diary of a Sower: Our Lenten Prayer Tree
A Living Garden -- Giving for Others with Love: Keeping LOVE in LENT
Homegrown Catholics: Motivated by my childrens' activities (Lent)
My Broken Fiat: Keeping LOVE in LENT...Barely
Journey to Wisdom: Keeping Love in Lent: Bands of Love
Softening My Heart: An Anniversary Lesson duringLent
Joy Alive In Our Hearts: "God's Love at Work"