I like to think that we are pretty well-prepared for Lent this year. I used the weeks leading up to Lent to think about what we needed to focus on and make a plan.
Everyone who is old enough to read has selected something to read that will benefit their spiritual life.
Greg: Life of Christ by Venerable Fulton Sheen
Me: Above All (Lenten devotional by Take Up and Read) and The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life by Fr. Charles Arminjon
Peanut: My Path to Heaven by Fr Geoffery Bliss, SJ and Tomie dePaola’s Book of Bible Stories
Moose: Illustrated Gospel by Ignatius Press
Screen time is cut to 30mins/day for the kids, excluding the (very small) amount of school-related screen time. This also includes video games. Yesterday was brutal: everyone was up early to go to Mass, I was crabby due to fasting, and it was just a long day overall. After a good night’s sleep though, everyone seems to be much more even-keeled and happily accepting their reduced screen time.
I also cut down on my screen time, focusing on the virtual time-sinks that I get drawn into. I thought I was going to have a much harder time with this but in reality it’s been rather easy. My overall goal is to focus what I need to go online for (send an email, pay bills, etc) and not get sucked into the time-sinks.
In addition to the cleaning of our souls by going to Confession regularly and receiving the Sacraments; we’re going to do another major deep cleaning of the house while we wait for spring. My overall favorite is 40 Bags in 40 Days. I find it better for me to just fill a bag a day, hitting various hot spots of the house in the beginning (aka the places that drive me bonkers) and focus down to more specific areas as Lent progresses. Anything still usable will head off to the thrift store, anything that is plain trash will be sent off to the dump.
I want to go to Stations of the Cross each Friday, although I’m not sure how that will work out in terms of Greg’s work schedule, the kids’ bedtime (Nugget still goes to bed quite early – usually before 6pm most nights), and the like. I do have a Stations of the Cross booklet I received when I came into the Church; and we have this Stations of the Cross booklet for the kids. So maybe we will do that if we can’t make it to one of the parishes in the town.
God-willing we will all reorient ourselves and put our priorities back in order; as well as make sure we are well and truly prepared for Easter.