LENT BASICS, 2024
EIGHT LENTEN PRACTICES
4. Daily Examen
1. Gratitude in Lent
We all know the word “Gratitude” but how many of us have lived it? Author A.J. Jacobs has. He embarked on a quest with a deceptively simple idea at its heart: to personally thank every person who helped make his morning cup of coffee. The resulting journey takes him across the globe, transforms his life, and explores the realm of gratitude.
Jabobs writes about gratitude –“Being grateful, in my opinion, means acknowledging that you couldn’t live your life without others. And preferably telling those people as often as you can. I find it to be one of the keys to happiness. As one Benedictine monk put it, “Happiness doesn’t lead to gratitude. Gratitude leads to happiness.”
United Thank Offering (UTO) program. “40 days of Gratitude”
a This includes a 5 session discussion of Jacob’s book on Zoom. This is a perfect book to explore during Lent because it can encourage us to think more deeply about the everyday items we use without really thinking about the effort that goes into creating them.
Tuesday, February 20 at Noon Eastern – Introduction & Chapter 1
Tuesday, February 27 at Noon Eastern – Chapter 2 & Chapter 3
Tuesday, March 5 at Noon Eastern – Chapter 4 & Chapter 5
Tuesday, March 12 at Noon Eastern – Chapter 6 & Chapter 7
Tuesday, March 19 at Noon Eastern – Chapter 8 & Conclusion
b. Calendar “40 Days of Grateful Presence”. Each day Give thanks for one item, the people involved
c. For children – coloring sheet – A coloring sheet and journal for the coloring sheet
The 40-day Season of Lent is a journey through color: from ashen gray to glorious purple, charcoal shadow to dazzling silver, deep crimson to the rainbow of petals in a springtime garden. The word “Lent” refers to the “lengthening” sunlight each day (in the Northern Hemisphere), shining down and drawing out the colors from the earth: the immersive, annual Easter poetry of creation. What better guide, then, to this colorful pageant than the artist Henri Matisse, celebrated above all as a master colorist.
The Lord’s Prayer – from SSJE.org
The Cowley Magazine, which dives deep into one of the treasures of the Christian tradition: the Lord’s Prayer. With a mix of reflections written by Brothers and meditation prompts for you to answer, this is a resource to deepen your own prayer life or to share in a group. We hope you’ll join us in reflecting on the prayer that Jesus taught, and experience firsthand its power to make us real.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The Stations of the Cross began as the practice of pious pilgrims to Jerusalem who would retrace the final journey of Jesus Christ to Calvary.
Later, for the many who wanted to pass along the same route, but could not make the trip to Jerusalem, a practice developed that eventually took the form of the fourteen stations currently found in almost every church. Many explore the stations on Good Friday.
3 versions of the stations
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