Remembering the Reason for the SeasonFeb. 20th, 2015 3:50 pm
Most people reading the headline to this post would probably expect something about Christmas, which is arguably the most difficult time for Catholics to keep our eyes on the prize. But instead, we're going to talk about the Lenten season leading up to Easter and how we can all help our children remember how important this time in the Church year is.
Easter is the biggest holiday in our Catholic year and is a great celebration of Jesus giving his life to save mankind. In comparison to such a powerful event, Easter bunnies and chocolates seem insignificant, but it's easy to get carried away and forget the most important day of our faith.
With this in mind, here are a few quick ways to help guide your child this Lenten season:
1. Give up a favorite food or toy for Lent - it really helps to remind us of the sacrifice Jesus made for us.
2. Go to a celebration of the Stations of the Cross, which can teach your child the full story of Jesus' passion.
3. Set aside extra time for prayer and reflection to reinforce careful thought about our relationship with God.
4. Make a donation to the poor. Whether that be through Catholic Charities, or another organization, show your children that Lent is about living the Catholic ideals. You might also consider some community service such as visiting a nursing home or making Easter cards for the residents.
5. Plant something. This might seem strange, but part of the Easter season is the ritual of renewal and rebirth. The symbolism can really help make a connection with young children. The Buffalo Botanical Gardens are also a great place to visit to commemorate the Spring and Easter season.
And let's not forget possibly the most important thing to do during the Lenten season: continue attending Mass. It's the one hour (or more if you can!) every week that we can all reflect on our relationship with God and remember what we're here for. You might also consider visiting a special place of worship like Our Lady of Victory Basilica or a church that you don't normally go to. The new scenery and inspiring beauty of the Basilica can really spark a better connection with God.
For more great ideas for Easter activities to do with your kids, check out this great Pinterest board full of Lenten activities for kids. With a few additions, you can make the most of your and your child's Lenten journey this year.