Friday, March 30, 2012

7 Quick Takes- Lenten Updates

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I'm a huge fan of holy week, and so excited for everything coming up. Tonight we're going to stations of the cross, which we haven't made it to at all this Lenten season. It doesn't feel like Lent is complete without going once. Speaking of which, if you have the Laudate app on your phone, they have an awesome Stations of the Cross section on there. We use it mostly for the daily readings and reflection, but the SOTC and rosary parts are really cool!
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The prayer part of the Lenten pillars for us was to go to adoration twice. Steven had never been, and I haven't been since probably high school. I'm not sure why, because I have always had very emotional, positive experiences at adoration. We went on a Friday and it was really neat to see so many other people there in the hour we were there, on a Friday night. I think there were at least 6 other people just during that hour. The time flew by and I really loved it. I don't know why, but I was worried I would get bored or be over it 30 minutes in. Thankfully that didn't happen, and now I'm craving to go back. Luckily it's perpetual adoration, so I can go any time of day or night! (Though I don't see myself as a 3am adorer! I really admire whoever signs up for the middle of the night time slots.)

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The two fish we ate during Lenten Fridays were salmon and tilapia. As most of you predicted, salmon was a no-go and tilapia was awesome. There is kind of a dark line in tilapia and that part was a bit fishy to me, but the rest of it was actually really good! We did lemon pepper with actual lemon and I liked it a lot. The salmon we got was so salty it made me sort of sick. I ate very little of it and won't be buying it again. I'm glad we chose that for one of our fasting things, because I never would have otherwise learned that I like tilapia! I spent about $10 on tilapia and it fed us for three Fridays during Lent!

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My dad is coming to see Steven enter full communion with the church during the Easter vigil and I'm really excited about it. I'm hoping Steven doesn't have to work Easter morning so we can open baskets and make resurrection rolls like we did last year. We've officially declared it tradition. Edited to add: If you read my Wednesday night rant on the facebook Cathsorority group, you'll know that we are no longer sure when he will come into the church because the team forgot that we told them TWICE that we won't be there on Divine Mercy Sunday and that they told us TWICE he could come in at the Easter Vigil, and now they don't know if they will let him do that. Grrrrr.

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For almsgiving this year, we did the rice bowl which was something we always did when we were little. It's another tradition we'll definitely keep. The only problem? I almost never use cash, so I'm not sure I donated more than about 50 cents to it this year. I think next year I need to do the thing where whatever food item you give up, you put the money you save each week not buying it into the rice bowl. Steven uses cash more than I do, so hopefully between the two of us we can feed a few people.

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I had all the intentions of going to confession on Wednesday night at the last penance service and completely forgot. Well there is one Thursday but it's for senior citizens, and even though I'm in my pj's by 5:15 pm and in bed at 10, I don't quite think I qualify. So that means I will be in the crazy long line on Good Friday like last year, which I swore I wouldn't do again. Sigh. Procrastination at its finest. (I did manage to remember to get my hair trimmed and get a free sub...)

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This isn't Lent related, but I opted to upgrade to Blogger's new look before I was forced and I'm already regretting it. Me no likey.
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  1. I also updated with blogger yesterday and I dislike it as well. It is so blah blah boring! Do you agress?

    Did I read somewhere that you have two weeks until the wedding?!?! I am so excited for you. I feel like it should be on my calendar! Almost seems pathetic, but I love weddings and cry even at weddings on commercials.

    1. OMG ME 2! I cry watching Say Yes to the Dress and the other crazy wedding shows. Sometimes I even cry at weddings in movies.

  2. I didn't like the Blogger update at first but I have to admit it grows on you. Especially the Posts tab! :)

  3. I haven't made it to Confession yet either... maybe tomorrow!

  4. Ooo I forgot all about the rice bowl during Lent, our church here doesn't do it. I hope everything works out and that Steven is allowed to come into the church sooner rather than later!

  5. Yes! Holy Week! What a beautiful, meaningful part of the year, so rich and full of tradition! I like your Stations of the Cross idea. Despite being a cradle Catholic, for some reason, I have never done a full stations. You've convinced me to rectify this immediately! :)

  6. We had every intention of going to our Lenten Service on Tuesday but it was the first day of my new job and I was so tired :(.

    One idea would be next year during Lent say you are going to spend $50 during lent "eating fast food" and take it out of the bank in cash and at the end of lent whatever is left put in the rice bowl. I'm not sure if that made any sense lol

    There was one year I was really good and went to Stations almost every week. I really need to get better at that and go more often or at least once during Lent. It's hard with only one car. Maybe next year :)