THE FAMILY ZONE
Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 82/ 3.20.22
The Penitential Practices of Lent
LIVE THE EUCHARIST
Each year we make a sacrifice for Lent. Sometimes it is giving up chocolate or sweets, other times we may try to correct a habit we have fallen into. The Bible is full of instance where people sacrificed to and for God. In that same way, the Eucharist is a sacrificial offering. We do not celebrate for ourselves, but in order to glorify and worship God.
A common practice for many, is to attend daily Mass more often during Lent. This is a beautiful reminder that our worship of God is not limited to only Sunday. It also can help bring us closer to God in the Eucharist by celebrating in a more close-knit community.
No matter what day of the week we celebrate the Eucharist, we are always doing it for God. God is just so loving, he shares that glory in the form of grace with each of us.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says this about Mass as a penitential practice #1394 As bodily nourishment restores lost strength, so the Eucharist strengthens our charity, which tends to be weakened in daily life; and this living charity wipes away venial sins. By giving himself to us Christ revives our love and enables us to break our disordered attachments to creatures and root ourselves in him:
Since Christ died for us out of love, when we celebrate the memorial of his death at the moment of sacrifice we ask that love may be granted to us by the coming of the Holy Spirit. We humbly pray that in the strength of this love by which Christ willed to die for us, we, by receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, may be able to consider the world as crucified for us, and to be ourselves as crucified to the world. . . . Having received the gift of love, let us die to sin and live for God.
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Click on the link below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday's Mass for the coming two weeks. This will give you a chance to prepare your heart and mind for full and active participation in Mass this weekend! For a Mass schedule in our diocese click on the purple button below.
Family Stories: Story Time with a Positive Message.
- Are we Still Friends? By Ruth Horowitz
- The Hardest Word By Jacqueline Jules
- How to Apologize by David LaRochelle
Parenting Articles: Helping Kids Examine Their Conscience: https://www.teachingcatholickids.com/help-kids-prepare-for-confession-with-an-examination-of-conscience/
Catholic Daily Reflections - Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time - Transformed by Silent Sacrifices
BONUS VIDEO: We saw this on St. Patrick's Day and thought it was fun to share!
Lenten Sacrifice Beans- How To Plus Free Printables!
- What did you learn from the worst thing that ever happened to you?
- What does it feel like inside when you get in trouble?
- What does it feel like when someone forgives you or you forgive someone?
- How do I know if God forgives me when I do something wrong?
- What if I don't do my penance I receive at Reconciliation? Why do I have to do Penance?
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