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Brother Francis Lent Meditations #2 - A Time to Give Things Up

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Brother Francis Lent Meditations #2 - A Time to Give Things Up

We have another Lent meditation from Brother Francis for you and your kiddos! These meditations are part of a new Brother Francis Lent episode, which is currently in production and will be available early next year! These will stay available until the end of this month, so feel free to share or come back and view it again! 

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Teaching Our Children to Love Lent

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Teaching Our Children to Love Lent

By Desiree Hausam

As Lent comes around this year, I am thinking hard about preparing my kids for this season. 

The lessons and the opportunities of Lent are something that, in the busy whirl of family life, is easy for me to gloss over. I’m not proud of that, but it’s my reality right now.

But, I was struck by our priest’s homily the other day with a reminder of how profoundly important it is to lean into this special season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It’s critical that we teach our kids to love Lent and how it teaches us to turn away from the world, even from things that are otherwise good, for the sake of learning to love our Savior better. The prayers and the sacrifices that we and our kids lift up matter. 

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Brother Francis Lent Meditations #1 - A Time to Repent

Lent Repentance

Brother Francis Lent Meditations #1 - A Time to Repent

We are excited to share with you a few of the Lent Meditations that are currently in production for a new Brother Francis episode for Lent! (Slotted for release in early 2022!) Come back each Sunday in March to view a new one!

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Celebrating Ash Wednesday as a Family

Ash Wednesday Lent Mass Rosary

Celebrating Ash Wednesday as a Family

By Anne Metz

On Ash Wednesday, my family skips school in the morning and heads to Mass. We started this tradition when our kids were very small because making it to the 7 pm Mass just didn’t work for our triplets’ early bedtime.

Even though my kids are now old enough to stay awake for the evening Mass, we continue our tradition of going to Mass in the morning. On a normal Wednesday, my children would be in school all day. But Ash Wednesday is not a normal Wednesday. This day is different, set aside.

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Five Ways to Use Brother Francis Lent Flash Cards

Flash Cards Lent Stations of the Cross Worship

Five Ways to Use Brother Francis Lent Flash Cards

by Lindsay Schlegel

As a parent responding to the call to raise my children in the Faith, I want to make the liturgical year feel alive and active. The rhythms of seasons of fasting and feasting are meant to reach us as creations of the Creator and to help us—children and adults alike—draw closer to the Lord.

During Advent, we have a Jesse tree, nativity sets, and Advent calendars to mark the season of waiting before Christmas begins. The kids pick out tags from the giving tree at church and select a gift to give.

It’s a little bit more challenging to make the season of Lent compelling to a child.

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