For the first time ever, I have actually gotten my Lenten supplies out of storage before Lent started. I don’t have much, but one thing I do have is images of the stations of the cross, which we try to pray every Friday during Lent. Usually, it hits that first Friday, and I remember that I forgot, but it’s too late to go digging, so I put it off until the next Friday…and sometimes then it’s too late to go digging…
But I am all ready to go. Great thing about a late start to the season, I suppose.
One thing I’m doing this year is encouraging the kids to turn their sacrifices or acts of charity into quarters with a family goal of raising enough money to buy a water pump for a village in a poor country. A water pump costs $205, so at a rate of $0.25 per deed, we will need to do 820 things in 40 days to “earn” the pump. I think the kids will like having a tangible goal…sometimes reward in Heaven is just too out there. I am assembling a list of things to do to merit a quarter. Here’s what I have so far. Anything else you can think of?
· Pray a rosary for the poor.
· Give up dessert or some other favorite food for a day.
· Walk away from or ignore an annoying person.
· Stop doing an obnoxious behavior.
· Give up electronics for the day.
· Do someone else’s chore.
· Change a stinky diaper.
· Pay someone a compliment.
· Say you’re sorry for hurting someone.
· Do all your schoolwork.
· Hold your temper.
· Let somebody else pick the game.
· Be cheerful when you don’t feel like it.
· Listen when you’d rather talk.
· Do an extra chore.
· Come the first time you are called or obey immediately.
· Forgive someone…
· …especially if they don’t seem sorry.
· Thank someone for helping you.
· Do a good deed.
· Say a kind word.