order online no prescription amoxicillin and lisinopril viagra creme pleasure men brtop.net can you take motrin 800 and meloxicam in the same dayl is topamax a vasodilator purchase cialis online in canada lamisil side effects vertigo prometrium generic cost irontownmodular.com finasteride 2.5 mg mujeres stopping plavix for a colonoscopy can lamisil cure yeast infection substancia ativa do viagra amitriptyline used for anxiety nursing interventions for care of baclofen pump is it ok to take keflex while nursing doxycycline 150 mg dosage cialis one day is dutasteride safe wellbutrin magic pill prednisone 60 mg 5 days.breasts boob growth singulair cost comparison huaxzw.com vardenafil howdotofound online topamax menorrhagia can i buy ciprofloxacin 500mg inagada morocco ibizaglobalradio.com kamagra in shops irishphil.com effect of thyroxine on thyroidectomized rat amlodipine price in philippines avodart precio mexico misoprostol trujillo peru strattera how much does it cost discount cialis super what if i stop taking finasteride tablets lechatnoirrestaurant.com many cialis should take wrse-modelling.org.uk can a 500 mg naproxen tablet be cut zovirax krema cena least expensive amoxicillin 500 mgs in broward county thuoc amoxicillin 250 mediatrax.com when will the reduced dose of thyroxine take effect mister-button.com prednisone 5 mg daily side effects prednisone ankle is seroquel affected by thyroxine happydeal4u.com reviews of doxycycline hyclate for acne and rosacea recomendaciones aciclovir ketoconazole shampoo price watsons levofloxacin for urosepsis internationalintellectualproperty.org antidote of piroxicam buying levitra thailand dose of acyclovir in herpes genitalis a1commerce.com amoxicillin amc differenza tra sereupin e zoloft can topamax cause bruising mikezielinski.com paxil que contiene zlobeklesneskrzaty.pl lexapro epistaxis alhafeer4dev.sy horyniec.com.pl tamoxifeno de farmacia abundantgraceandcharm.com prednisone convert to solumedrol levitra mit celebrex varicocele arcoxia for celecoxib atarax a quelle heure webtodesigns.co generic paxil no prescription mildreddeskinsjewelry.com wonderlandae.com levofloxacin n ornidazole tab for womb infection newhollandcommunications.de internationalintellectualproperty.org is bactrim forte used to treat gonorrhea fluconazole 200 mg njxdxx.com buy clomiphene citrate nolvadex can i take 2 20mg tablets tadalafil acne before after finasteride vrlaksaraytransfer.com hywt.com can levaquin cause breast tenderness entropicity.com actavis sildenafil synthroid lose weight loss cost of bactrim without insurance worldtravelandtourservices.com paxil and anti anxiety how much does generic singulair cost without insurance unable to reach climax on cialis overdose of baclofen symptoms milodi.net optimal zoloft dosage clopidogrel induced isolated thrombocytopenia try viagra first prednisone burst treatment expiration date of levaquin price flagyl tablets patentverlust viagra tamoxifen side effects insomnia catholic.net metronidazole 400mg tablets meastcompany.com can you use propranolol for hemiplegic migraine lamisil tablets price norco and phenergan for migraine uniquesarawak.com anaheimangelsjersey.com why did levitra go up at walmart tabletas masticables cardura allegra not digesting generico de augmentin pediatrico extended clomid protocol buy clomid at walgreens overdose plavix ugatipoffclub.com azithromycin 1gm for 5 days michaelgahler.de buspirone hydrochloride 15 mg side effects hashtonim.com feldene in veterinaria controindicazioni can i take half of 20mg vardenafil how azithromycin act in the body zovirax with no prescription lexapro pubmed astakaryaindotama.com webfin.pl chizeaphockey.com erythromycin thiocyanate manufacturers in india mynitor.com cytotec taken orally to induce labor how many times should i have flagyl after abortion pill metronidazole effect on birth control mipcperu.com buy metronidazole 250 mg for hummen can i take prednisone when taking blood thinners doxycycline in the philippines amlodipine tablets reviews levaquine lawsuit for peripheral nerve damage morbidoutlook.com cheap neurontin no prescription hoxtonradio.com does zoloft make you itchy mebletmd.pl will amoxicillin cause reclipsen to fail escitalopram 5mg results period lamisil and neck pain side effects of amoxicillin 500mg in pregnancy prednisone and cyproheptadine buy accutane isotretinoin online para que sirve amoxicillin 500mg metformin head sweats houseontheisland.com azithromycin dosage puppies amlodipine anasarca hashtonim.com para que sirven las pastillas hydroxyzine 25 mg es malo tomar metformina en el embarazo vapplica.org nortriptyline 25mg cap myexactamundo.com coreg price how much is a normal dose of albuterol for a 6 year old viagra cialis prescription online mikedekle.com ciprox t2 sertraline burning throat fluoxetine 5 htp interaction prix captopril obat lowest dose lisinopril hydrochlorothiazide what are the side effects of metronidazole salt cdfeorellana.com aliikayaks.com can percocet be takenwith meloxicam7.5 diflucan forte mg tablet viagra discount suppliers ciprofloxacin hcl 500 para k sirve coumadin 75 mg dr phil on colcrys dosage levonorgestrel etinilestradiol hace engordar mixing maxalt and tylinol augmentin 375 mg par tseworldgolf.com hollisterlancasterlaw.com is topiramate tab 50mg gluten free is quetiapine fumarate bad mixed with methadone generic levitra pros and cons cdfeorellana.com maxalt 10 mg nedir buy cyproheptadine 4mg hpaulsantmire.com britney seroquel ampicillin in lb concentration abundantgraceandcharm.com levitra adalah can i drink clomiphene tablet with vitamin e viagra czy maxigra wellbutrin spider veins aciclovir presentacion peru generic bupropion xl manufacturers clomid worked for me anafranil 150 mg isotretinoin f?r immer w3asia.com hindi translate of torsemide tablet get high off bactrim ds what is the difference in 5mg 10mg 20mg levitra tabs can you take pepto with augmentin dosis de cytotec por semana generic terbinafine hydrochloride cream i am on clomid. when will i ovulate para que sirve el tofranil 10 mg can i take sudafed while taking valtrex do doxycycline and metrodadze makes your breats big hbtaoxian.com zovirax 5 ointment 30gm norgestimate ethinyl estradiol tablets usp napahappy.com can u get good viagra result with .25mg how to stop taking bupropion xl 150 mg nightanddaysoireeanimation.com desogestrel 125 mcg etinilestradiol 30 mcg can you take lortab and amoxicillin together how soon before lexapro 20mg liquid flavored amoxicillin safe for dogs cialis strategy does lamisil foot cream work short cycle and clomid vrlaksaraytransfer.com accutane black stools webtodesigns.co efector secundarios del quetiapine fumarate stopped taking zoloft weight loss cheapest singulair how to quit celexa how effective is metronidazole for giardia 300 mg buspar h pylori antibiotics metronidazole ile-au-tresor.net accutane trouble breathing side effects diovan 160 cost metoprolol succinate can you get pregnant whilst on tamoxifen montelukast kastair sachet bad reaction valtrex can i take claritin d and allegra at the same time celexa cr amitriptyline vyvanse cold water extraction of wellbutrin nizoral over the counter usa seroquel overdose signs and symptoms harbifilmizle.com ondansetron untuk ibu hamil calendarfly.com napabusinessadvantage.com 2exhibitions.com twospy.com busy-autokary-wynajem.pl partition le tango du viagra weltrowska.com.pl lamisil blood thinner mrw-2012.pl acyclovir pada herpes zoster conjugated estrogen cream and acne celexa annual sales unesco-iicas.org jwapr.com plavix 75 mg film tablet can ciprotab flush out pregnancy well cipro treat a eye infection for a dog when will celexa tolerance symptoms go away what is zyprexa zydis used for bemalingsplan.com hillsboroughcountyfair.com tomar aciclovir para herpes dosis misoprostol 200mg arimidex 1 mg every other day lexapro 5mg vrlaksaraytransfer.com johnson and johnson levaquin lawsuit valtrex how many times a day novo seroquel switching from lexapro to generic prednisone kidney problems two viagra in one day price zithromax powd for inj 500 mg wallflore.co.uk does viagra makes dick hard n big street value of viagra 50mg zyprexa lethargy estradiol vs estring prednisone side effects joints 2nd day cymbalta como tomar serophene 50mg aripiprazole asthma azithromycin 500 ohne rezept flagyl and cipro together michellestockman.com artcontact.ge how long to use doxycycline for a sore throat micardis 20 mg bijsluiter dosage cialis 5 mg can you take vicodin with amoxicillin clav k beribak.com how hydroxyzine hcl 25 mg tablet can get you high propranolol and premature ejaculation hedleyenterprises.co.uk therapeutic index of acyclovir bactrim classifications metronidazole ceftriaxone finasteride made me sterile ugatipoffclub.com how to use flagyl for dogs baclofen for contractures prednisone hurts my stomach hanhvyshop.vn webfin.pl advantages of zyprexa zydis najlepszykredytmieszkaniowy.com.pl nexium 40 mg 30 st??ck bluedays.com sildenafil iv dilution mobilepushnotifications.org nfl player using viagra can bactrim cause leukocytes doxycycline 500mg tooth tadalafil online india amlodipine zoeken celecoxib generico en mexico glucophage xr 750 mg cara pemberian amlodipine bijsluiter kat atorvastatin cost at walmart zithromax 250 mg tablet why stop allopurinol in acute gout attack viagra at clicks pharmacy thailand shopping for kamagra kegunaan salep chloramphenicol untuk mata pulmicort vs. proventil dosis de cytotec a las 6 semanas colombia hashtonim.com uses of piroxicam u.s.p.20 mg capsules mehmetaliguven.com septra 800 side effects valtrex during early pregnancy ampicillin bp 500mg pafiana heights cipro amoxicillin 875 with alcohol momandfitness.com harelitasarim.com nortriptyline used for adhd what is azithromycin tablets ip 1gm are used for acyclovir ointment mercury drug price herpes zoster dosage acyclovir artcontact.ge vardenafil length of effectiveness ubat kurus orlistat autogiant.com clomid 150 mg no side effects clomid success rate in endometriosis singulair tab ppt cipro hc otic citalopram drops in urdu boobisaweekendword.com bupropion hcl sr 150 mg weight loss no1fl.com hydroxyzine 77 metronidazole 500mg tablets 1 how quickly does flagyl work for bv cialis cost daily phenergan ph lisinopril hctz morning or night twospy.com what are the signs propecia is working celexa liver function variamedia.com.pl efeito colateral do lisinopril vancampinc.com i bleeded after taking ciprotab on an empty stomach elavil pour fibromyalgie does ciprofloxacin get rid of thc tratament cu xenical bezpieczne-nawierzchnie.pl kamagra fast uk zyloprim gout zyban och 5htp levofloxacin tablets ip dosage can i use cephalexin for a yeast infection mobilepushnotifications.org zovirax order online propecia marche vraiment does chantrix help with depression and appiete control citalopram hydrobromide 20 mg recreational amoxil lt w3asia.com buy generic cialis online viagra for medical use aspirin eller plavix proviron clomid nolvadex pct discount lexapro online can dogs take montelukast reducing norvasc dosage id-protect.org bluedays.com where can you purchase viagra hastings-print.co.uk vancampinc.com took provera 5 days no period can metoprolol tartrate 25 mg kill you idesignawards.com mobicip login failure napahappy.com njxdxx.com wallflore.co.uk does paroxetine reduction cause head tremour drugs cause disulfiram like reaction doxycycline and cefdinir for abscess lamictal azithromycin vrlaksaraytransfer.com can flagyl pills be used for abortion lamisil oral work xenical 120 mg buy roche metformin dose and pregnancy valacyclovir 1g can you die mixing buspar and methadone buy generic singulair 9weeks amoxicillin safe in pregnancy action du sildenafil can you give cats amoxicillin.l cialis 200mg pills generic emea montelukast dose mouth sores after 12 day prednisone taper vbtube.com idesignawards.com can a woman take a 100mg viagra out of date levitra buy levonorgestrel ethinyl estradiol sildenafil physiologic action azithromycin 500mg for sale mister-button.com loss of vision due to viagra mikezielinski.com boobisaweekendword.com cialis extra strength non prescription viagra accept discover generic zyprexa price para que sirve azithromycin tablets 500 mg albuterol inhaler generic no prescription needed metformin gp 124 po hnsuresh.com can propecia determine high creatine prednisone et effet secondaire is propecia dangerous cyproheptadine cats dosage upperbe.it does trazodone show ip a drug test what is 375 mg of naproxen equivalent to aleve pregnancy category of cephalexin tamiram levofloxacino 500 mg para gatos reducing paroxetine medicare furosemide hnsuresh.com will 2.5 mg cialis cause flushing how many days to take zovirax plavix perte brevet france prednisone for dog with liver and lung cancer why does cialis cause headaches amoxicillin 7 days glucophage 500 mg fiyati how quickly can you get pregnant with clomid celebrex side effects dangers effects of lack of thyroxine hywt.com mkvisio.pl can metronidazole treat throat infection too what does erythromycin do for eyes waar koop ik kamagra cialis yahoo where to buy plavix happydeal4u.com hives from tapering prednisone 6 day dose of prednisone 10mg lisinopril hydrochlorothiazide side effects stool clozaril 100 mg how much tetracycline should i give my dog tinidazole bad taste valtrex price walmart naproxen price walmart sildenafil and protein losing enteropathy viagra next day cheap can u get a cytotec over the counter in south africa para que es bueno el aldactone

Embracing the Lenten Season as a Family

An interview with Catholic author Meredith Gould.
by Lisa M. Hendey | Source:
One of my most respected spiritual mentors once recounted to me her first experience of choosing not to “do” Lent – she was a student, away from home and the strongly enforced parental supervision of Lenten sacrifices and rituals for the first time. Feeling that she had evolved spiritually to the point that it was no longer necessary for her to “give something up” for Lent, she let the liturgical season pass her by with little notice. To this day, she recalls the sense of true loss she felt when Easter Sunday arrived and she recognized her lack of spiritual preparation for the moment of celebrating Christ’s resurrection. From that experience, she went on to become a major proponent of Lenten observances and a witness to those around her of the significance and benefit of Lenten fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

Catholic families have a unique and precious opportunity to share with their growing (and grown!) children the beauty and importance of the Lenten Season. By instilling in our children a sense of love and anticipation during Lent, we can overcome any negative stereotypes they may have related to the sacrificial nature of this time of the year. I recently had the occasion to consult with Meredith Gould, author of The Catholic Home and the newly released Come to the Table: A Catholic Passover Seder and sought out her expertise on embracing the Lenten season with our families.

Q: How can we, as parents, share the season of Lent with our children without making them feel that it’s something punitive?

A: Like everything else on our liturgical calendar, Lent offers abundant opportunities for catechesis. I say let’s start by explaining the difference between penance and punishment. I think it makes sense to do this by discussing the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.

First, remember to note that this is a sacrament of healing. Then, consider that this sacrament is as much about consciousness as it is about God’s mercy. After all, we have to become aware of the ways we’ve become disconnected before we can fully return to God’ embrace—even though the arms of God are always open to embrace us. Awareness requires willingness and focus.

So what does this have to do with Lent?

Like Advent, Lent is a penitential season during which we have yet another opportunity to check our spiritual fitness. During Advent, we recall watchful waiting for the birth of Jesus. During Lent, we contemplate his sacrifice before celebrating his resurrection. Both birth and resurrection are joyous events. How about encouraging children to view all Lenten activities as ways to watch and wait with joyful hope?

Q: What family traditions do your family share during the season of Lent?

A: My family of origin is Jewish! While everyone else was observing Lent, we were preparing for Passover, the holiday celebrating God’s liberation of the ancient Israelites from Egyptian bondage. (Read all about it in Exodus! Also in Acts of the Apostles 7:17-36).

The meaning and significance of Passover has changed for me since my baptism. I now view celebrating a Passover seder an essential activity for Catholics! In 1998, I started creating a Passover seder service to help Catholics more fully understand how the Last Supper was a Last Seder. Come to the Table: A Catholic Passover Seder for Holy Week is now available (www.plowsharespublishing.com). I’m hoping more Catholics will pay closer attention to Passover, especially on Holy Thursday.

I also have a church family with whom I pray Stations of the Cross on Fridays. At home, I keep a journal focused on the ways I’ve been inspired by Lenten practices. On Palm Sunday, I follow the Eastern European practice of decorating with pussy willow branches instead of palm fronds. After Palm Sunday, I start messing around with decorative Easter eggs. I prefer découpage! I also start setting out my growing collection of lamb paraphernalia.

Q: How can families reinforce the concept of almsgiving during Lent with young children?

A: Although social justice is a core Catholic value, parishes tend to ramp up social service activities during Lent. Why? Because charitable activities are a suitable substitute when penance cannot be fulfilled through fasting and abstinence. This is a perfect way to involve younger children.

I’m a big advocate of having parents participate in service and justice activities along with their children. Being able to discuss observations and feelings in real time is always more powerful than asking, “How was your visit to the poor people?”

With regard to almsgiving, I suggest parents teach it and good stewardship by asking children to set aside a portion of their allowance for a charity the kids choose. Lent is a great time to either start or enhance this practice with a parental matching fund.

Q: How would you suggest that families emphasize prayer and spirituality during Lent?

A: We’re fortunate to have many beautiful and deeply moving prayer practices during Lent: Stations of the Cross on Fridays; and the foot-washing and Veneration of the Cross ceremonies during the Triduum come immediately to mind.

Praying and discussing the Sorrowful Mysteries is certainly one practice families can observe together. Creating table graces that reinforce the lessons of Lent (e.g., love and sacrifice) before and after meals is another.

I’m also a big advocate of providing sensory cues for sacred activities. Something as simple as using purple placemats or playing any of the classic requiem Masses would help create a Lenten atmosphere in the domestic church.

Q: For young children and those who are physically unable to observe Lenten fasts and abstinence, how can parents teach the concept of fasting or sacrifice?

A: Since your children will (hopefully) notice what adults are doing (or not) during Lent, you’ll need to create opportunities to discuss these practices. See if you can instill a respect, if not reverence, for the way sacrifice sharpens perceptions on all levels—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Explore with them the nuances of “giving something up” for Lent. What does this mean to your children? When have they experienced sacrifice? How did that feel? Ask your kids what they might consider setting aside during Lent as a way to think about the great sacrifice Jesus made for us. Try not to laugh out loud if a bedraggled blankie is offered up.

Q: Are there any other thoughts you’d like to share on this topic?

A: How much time and space do you have?!? Even though I’ve been a Christian for many years, I still find myself engaged in a lot of “simultaneous translation” during Catholic rites and rituals.

During Lent, more than any other time of the year, I’m keenly aware of Jesus’ Judaism. I’m fascinated by the way Hebrew scripture and Jewish practice permeated everything Jesus did and said.

During Lent and Easter, the Jewish roots of the Sacraments of Initiation—Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation—come especially visible to me. My prayer is that my work helps other Catholics understand and embrace our Jewish heritage—during Lent and throughout the year.

Meredith Gould, Ph.D., is the author of The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions Feast Days (Doubleday). She’s a columnist for Faith & Family Magazine and www.godpsy.com. Her newest book, Come to the Table: A Catholic Passover Seder (Plowshares Publishing) is available via
www.plowsharespublishing.com or by visiting http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0976396203/catholicmomcom

Lisa M. Hendey is a mother of two sons, webmaster of http://www.catholicmom.com and http://www.christiancoloring.com, and an avid reader of Catholic literature. Visit her at http://www.lisahendey.com 

Click Here to Donate Now!

Join the new media evangelization. Your tax-deductible gift allows Catholic.net to build a culture of life in our nation and throughout the world. Please help us promote the Church's new evangelization by donating to Catholic.net right now. God bless you for your generosity.




Post a Comment
Write a comment on this article

Email required (will not be published)
required Country

Most Popular