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.
By Allison Gingras
As a child, you may have thought Lent meant giving up chocolate. Helping children understand the blessing of all three Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving can enhance the entire family’s Lenten experience.
By Colleen Pressprich
Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are the three pillars of Lent, meant to guide us deeper into this penitential season. As adults, this can come naturally to us, but when it comes to explaining it to our children and engaging them in the activities, that can be trickier.