Jack, a catechist, offered an explanation for the three Catholic practices of Lent which are each a form of sacrifice and should be done each day. “Prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Prayer makes room for God in our lives. Fasting can mean denying ourselves something we like, so as to share with others in need. Almsgiving means to share with others some of our gifts, time, talents, money or other possessions. A sacrifice is essentially something offered to God. It can mean taking up something, doing, making, giving extra time for the benefit of others. I have noticed that what can and does happen is that adults take extra time for churchy things while not much is done at home. Adopting a Family Lenten calendar and building in the environmental needs provides some ideas for Lent in the family.”
“Even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting , weeping and mourning. Tear your hearts and not your garments. Gather the people, elders, children even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. Joel 2:12-18. Remember that your are dust and to dust you shall return. From blessing with ashes.
Pope Francis: Our sister, Mother Earth cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth; our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and receive life and refreshment from her waters. LS2
SOME ECO-FRIENDLY LENTEN ACTS OF LOVE AND SACRIFICE. “REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE “
Study and Read: Do a family project on becoming eco-friendly: pray and share together. check family carbon footprint, energy and water saving, grow herbs, vegetables, trees, eat more healthily, support wild life, birds, bees, insects.
Save money: Cut down alcohol, smoking, fizzy drinks, junk food, bottled water, cut car use. Think 2ce before you spend, do clothes-swop, buy bulk and share.
Waste-reduction: Avoid single use plastics, styrofoam, avoid wasting food, compost food wastage.
Energy Saving: Do energy check, switch off unnecessary lights and plugs, use solar power, use rechargeable batteries.
Water saving: Use “grey” water from bath, shower and washing for toilets and garden. Don’t run taps if not needed.
General: clean up environment, recycle, plant trees, support ecological campaigns in church, school and society
Care for others: Share, give to poor, give away unused items, show care for sick and lonely.
For a comprehensive list of suggestions download a pdf Lenten Family calendar https://www.marfam.org.za/?s=2020+Lenten+Family+Calendar+