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10 Creative Things Kids Can Do For Lent

10 Creative Things Kids Can Do For Lent

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It can be hard enough figuring out what you should do for Lent, so how do you help your kids have a meaningful experience? Instead of another year without chocolate and candy, try out these 10 different (and easy) ways of getting your kids actively engaged in Lent and thinking about their Catholic faith in new ways.

Bring Lent to Life Activities and Reflections for Your Family

Bring Lent to Life Activities and Reflections for Your Family

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Don't just give something up for Lent! Gather your family, and with Kate Basi's fresh ideas, you will Bring Lent to Life!

Fasting is not just giving up candy, almsgiving is more than giving away your unused allowance, and prayer becomes active. Embark on the adventure of practicing the three tenets of Lent in new ways:

  • The Easter Tree grows with symbols (nails, an empty egg, three dimes and more) rooted in Scripture, and blooms with flowers through your Lenten observance.
  • Sunday Love Letters (and drawings) share the love of Christ with family members.
  • Crafts, family outings, recipes, and other activities help reveal the meaning of Lent.
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    Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II

    Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II

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    "This helpful and creative family guide offers practical suggestions for Lenten devotion, inspired by the life and wisdom of beloved pope and newly canonized St. John Paul II"--P. [4] of cover.
    Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Resurrection

    Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Resurrection

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    Did Jesus of Nazareth really rise from the dead?

    Of the many world religions, only one claims that its founder returned from the grave. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very cornerstone of Christianity.

    But a dead man coming back to life? In our sophisticated age, when myth has given way to science, who can take such a claim seriously? Some argue that Jesus never died on the cross. Conflicting accounts make the empty tomb seem suspect.

    How credible is the evidence for--and against--the resurrection? Focusing his award-winning skills as a legal journalist on history's most compelling enigma, Lee Strobel retraces the startling findings that led him from atheism to belief. He examines:

  • The Medical Evidence: Was Jesus' death a sham and his resurrection a hoax?
  • The Evidence of the Missing Body: Was Jesus' body really absent from his tomb?
  • The Evidence of Appearances: Was Jesus seen alive after his death on the cross?
  • Written in a hard-hitting journalistic style, The Case for Easter probes the core issues of the resurrection. Jesus Christ, risen from the dead: superstitious myth or life-changing reality? The evidence is in. The verdict is up to you.

    Celebrating Lent

    Celebrating Lent

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    Helps children understand this time of preparation for Jesus' Resurrection. Full-color illustrations.

    Devotional Journey Into the Easter Mystery

    Devotional Journey Into the Easter Mystery

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    Bestselling author Christopher Carstens (Devotional Journey into the Mass) leads readers through Lent, the Easter Triduum, and the Easter season through Pentecost.
    Easter Prayer

    Easter Prayer

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    Stuff every Easter basket with hoppy smiles! This sweet board book from bestselling author Amy Parker thanks God for the new life of spring and features touch-and-feel elements throughout.

    As they listen to An Easter PrayerTouch and Feel, your preschoolers will

  • follow an adorable bunny rabbit discovering all the surprises that spring brings
  • learn that all blessings come from God
  • pet the bunny's fur, stroke a flower's petal, and enjoy other sensory spots
  • Celebrate the colorful renewal of spring with your kids as your family practices gratitude for God's love, which is new every day. This small book will fit perfectly in any Easter basket, as well as your toddler's hands.

    Essential Lenten Handbook

    Essential Lenten Handbook

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    This handbook is conceived as an essential reference for the season of Lent, and for the reader's spiritual preparation for the feast of Easter. It collects in one volume prayers, practices, customs, and a glossary of specifically Lenten terms -- in short, all that may be needed in order to provide the reader with the opportunity to journey with the Lord from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, the beginning of the Easter Triduum.Central to this collection is a series of daily meditations, based on the changing liturgical cycle, which guide the reader through the season with Scripture and the Word. The meditations are a contemporary reflection, weaving together story, anecdote, and practical wisdom in order to provide a springboard for private prayer and meditation.
    From the Cross to the Empty Tomb

    From the Cross to the Empty Tomb

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    Bishop Serratelli invites you to journey with those who were with Jesus in His last hours. You may be like Peter one day, and like Judas, Simon, Mary Magdalene, or Our Lady on another. This Lenten book provides a deeper appreciation for God\'s eternal saving love.

    Getting More Out of Lent

    Getting More Out of Lent

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    For many of us, Lent can be a challenging time. We endure the pain of fasting, the struggle to give up comforts, and the hope to get through without too many slipups. But it doesn't have to be that way. Getting More out of Lent will guide readers to experience the wonderful gifts of the season of Lent, and help us come to know Jesus in more personal way.

    This 40-page booklet is designed to maximize individuals or small groups time while providing a deep impact on one's spiritual life. Written for both individuals and small group use, this guide will offer insight, Scripture, and prayer, and lead participants to a closer relationship with Jesus in a way that is accessible, engaging, and meaningful to daily life.

    Give Up Worry for Lent! 40 Days to Finding Peace in Christ

    Give Up Worry for Lent! 40 Days to Finding Peace in Christ

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    Catholic author and self-described "recovering worrier" Gary Zimak combines practical spirituality, daily scripture readings, and simple action steps to help you kick the worry habit as part of your Lenten renewal. He shows you how to let go of the anxiety-producing areas of life in order to find the lasting peace that comes from trusting God.

    During the season of Lent, Catholics and other Christians frequently give up something they enjoy as a measure of penance or self-discipline--and often fall back into old habits at the first "Alleluia!" In Give Up Worry for Lent!, Zimak offers fellow worriers practical, scripture-centered advice on how to relinquish the need to control the uncontrollable--not just for Lent but for good--and how to find peace in Christ.

    From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, Zimak guides you to ponder a scripture passage and to apply it to your own life by following four simple steps:

  • read
  • reflect
  • respond
  • pray
  • As you continue to meditate on scripture and practice the simple action steps at the end of each reflection, you will find it easier to replace old worries with new messages of hope and to change your life forever.

    Holy Thursday: The Night That Changed the World

    Holy Thursday: The Night That Changed the World

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    These pages are for all those weary ones who go to Mass faithfully but still find no relief for their parched and careworn spirits. The famed novelist Francois Mauriac walks through the great events of Holy Thursday, showing how each -- the foot washing, the institution of the priesthood and the Eucharist, and more -- flows from the abiding love of the Savior. His reflections on each are vivid, spirit-filled, and able to move the stoniest heart to fervor.
    Hosanna Lenten Scripture Journal

    Hosanna Lenten Scripture Journal

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    Hosanna is a Lenten devotional journal that is a deep and wide study of the Gospel of Matthew. The team at Take Up and Read delivers another gorgeous book that includes Scripture, devotional essays, room to journal, and stunning art. Each weekday, readers will find a simple prompt for journaling tuned to the heart of the ancient prayer form of lectio divina. Weekends are reserved for rest and for hiding God's word in the hearts of those who love him. Hosanna is designed to help you reflect on all aspects of your life in light of Jesus' call to live for the kingdom of heaven. It's at once gentle and challenging-a journey with one of Jesus' closest followers that will bring you into the presence of our Lord, from his birth to his resurrection.
    Ignatian Workout for Lent 40 Days of Prayer, Reflection, and Action

    Ignatian Workout for Lent 40 Days of Prayer, Reflection, and Action

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    A follow-up to his wildly popular The Ignatian Workout, Tim Muldoon applies the principles of discernment, reflection, and action to guide readers to grow in love and transform their Lenten experience. This bite-sized volume provides forty brief exercises--organized according to the four "weeks" of prayer from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius--and can be used by anyone during Lent to help readers become both hearers and doers of the Word of God.
    Jesus, Friend of My Soul: Reflections for the Lenten Journey

    Jesus, Friend of My Soul: Reflections for the Lenten Journey

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    Bestselling author and beloved retreat leader Joyce Rupp has offered companionship and gentle guidance throughout the seasons in such books as May I Have This Dance? and Anchors for the Soul. In Jesus, Friend of My Soul--Rupp's only meditation book for Lent and Holy Week--each two-page daily reflection brings our attention to the Lenten season, providing reflections for growth and inviting us to follow Jesus and become more like him.

    "As Christians," Joyce Rupp writes, "we look to the person of Jesus to learn from him." Because our lives are filled to the brim with activity, it is easy to drift away from trying to live as Jesus did, and we find ourselves in need of time to focus on drawing close to him again and learning from his example. In Jesus, Friend of My Soul, Rupp guides us from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday illustrating both how Jesus called his followers to change and how his actions provide us a blueprint for growth.

    Rupp helps us learn from the qualities of Jesus and the actions and teachings that marked his time on earth, including:

  • how Jesus extended mercy after Peter's denials
  • how Jesus trusted in his Father, even as he experienced other emotions when troubling events occurred
  • how Jesus spoke and acted with integrity, which made him a valuable and trustworthy person for others to listen to and follow
  • Each day's reflection begins with a verse from scripture and a meditation centered on Jesus' life, actions, and teachings that are applied to our lives. We are then offered a prayer and an intention to carry with us throughout the day. Each brief reflection gently leads us to new growth in our lives and invites us to reach new depths in our faith. Questions for individual or group study are included.

    Tears of Christ Meditations for Lent

    Tears of Christ Meditations for Lent

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    ''Jesus wept, not merely from the deep thoughts of his understanding but from spontaneous tenderness, from the goodness and mercy, the encompassing loving-kindness and exuberant affection of the Son of God for his own work, the race of man.''

    This precious insight takes us to the heart of the interior life of St. John Henry Newman (1801-1890), from the treasures of which these meditations are offered as a devotional aid for the season of Lent. Drawn chiefly from his sermons and gently modernized, these meditations offer a share in the fruit of his contemplation, that we might the better enjoy with him the ''one thing which is all in all to us,'' which is ''to live in Christ's presence, to hear his voice, to see his countenance.''