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I stumbled across some good stuff online this week. (See what being off Fa.cebook can bring you? Thank you, Lent.) And I wanted to share in case they speak to any of you:

If you feel, yet again, like you didn’t have enough time for the prayer you wanted during Lent, then this mother’s reflection on how we all need to go to the desert with Christ is for you:

It occurs to me that that maybe part of the reason that many of us mothers struggle with the praying and fasting part of Lent is that we do not have a desert…Today I was reminded, though, that Jesus gave us an example in this, the time away, and his followers must have been missing him and wanting his help, but he knew that he needed a retreat into the desert.

If you’re looking for simple ways to ease into a family spirituality that isn’t bounded by religious traditions, then this mother’s idea may be just the thing for you: ask each member of the family over dinner what they’re grateful for that day and start a gratitude journal to keep track of your blessings. I love this practical, easy, beautiful idea.

I am always looking for ways to teach my kids about gratitude.  We are so fortunate and blessed, and I don’t want them to take anything for granted.  But, sometimes it can be hard to highlight the importance of gratitude to small kids when when I am consumed by the busyness of every day.

So, in an effort to A) teach Evelyn and Mack about gratitude, B) include them in dinner time conversation and C) keep them seated for the entire meal, I started a family gratitude journal.  Every night while we share a homemade dinner together we each take a turn writing what we are grateful for from the day.  It has become one of my most favorite parts of every day.

If you’ve ever asked yourself the question, “Why am I (still) Catholic?” then this blog is for you: Why Stay Catholic? (by the author of the book by the same name, and a leader in Catholic publishing). Lovely short reflections on what it means to be Catholic in your bones and why we stay even when we struggle. Here’s a great one, for our mothering and fathering spirits:

When asked, “Why don’t you leave the Church if you disagree with some of its rules?” the average Catholic shrugs and says, “I like it here.” She knows the Church is not a country club. It’s a family. You might kick a child out of a family, but you can never kick the family out of the child.

Sometimes the Inter.net can be a lovely place, full of surprises. I’m grateful for it when moments like these brighten up my week. There are so many thoughtful, creative and reflective people out there – let’s share the good stuff!

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