Lenten tidings to you all, dear readers!
Lent is this sobering, quieting time of new beginnings. It becomes the time and space for confession and for asking forgiveness, both in public and in private. It becomes the time of setting forth priorities and laying forth new inroads of habits. A time of using less resources, both of food and of our planet’s energy. A time of new prayer and much reading. And a time of doing.
I think many people do not associate Lent with doing. But I do. The website Full Homely Divinity says, “The Celtic saints who laid the foundations for our Anglican traditions were an extreme lot. One might say that their practice of the faith was homely in the extreme. They lived in harsh times and seemed to exult in taking on harsh challenges, physically and spiritually. Thus, they challenge us in the softer times in which we live and in the softer ways in which we choose to live as Christians.” You can see the full article here, including a summary of the wonderful Lenten book about St. Kevin and the blackbird here: http://fullhomelydivinity.org/articles/full%20homely%20lent.htm
Now is the time – what are your priorities for your family? Are you willing to step out and live that? What is your place and your mark to make to help your community? Are you doing it?
And your parenting: it is not enough to just read blogs or books and toddle on the way you always have. Now is the time to do. Be present with your children by taking an electronic fast. Play with your children. Do real work in front of them. Show them how to live!
In the spirit of Lent, I offer you several links that are my favorite for this season:
Carbonfast for Lent: http://carbonfast.blogspot.com/
Church Fathers Lenten Reading Plan: http://www.churchyear.net/lentfathers.html
A Lenten Calendar for children: http://thesefortydays.blogspot.com/2008/02/project-lenten-calendar.html
We will also be coming back to the oldie but goodie series “Twenty Days Toward Being A More Mindful Mother” with updated versions of these classic posts that will also include a strong component of real, practical work – the doing piece that is the balance to inner work.