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12 February 5, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org PARENTS & GRANDPARENTS, DO YOU NEED HELP RAISING THE CHILDREN GOD LENDS YOU? Jesus made the following promises to those who have a devotion to His most Sacred Heart: #2 I will give peace in their families. #9 I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored. For more information on a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, visit dioceseofmarquette.org/sacredheart or call Deacon Steve Gretzinger at 906-863-7460 Including Massage Therapy The following was adapted from resources available online at www. foryourmarriage.org. The website offers resources for all stages of marriage, parenting and family from a Catholic perspective. For Your Marriage is an initative of the United States Conference of Catho- lic Bishops. The 40 days of Lent can seem like a long time, especially if one is giving up a favorite food or video game. Its helpful to have a friend to keep us going. He or she can encourage us, challenge us, and pick us up if we falter. And if that friend happens to be our spouse, so much the better. This year, consider approaching Lent as a team. That doesnt mean you have to give upor dothe same things as your spouse, although thats a possibil- ity. It does mean sharing your Lenten resolution(s) and asking for each oth- ers prayers and active support. People often find that they're much more likely to keep their resolutions when they hold themselves accountable to another person. For your Lenten resolutions, consider the traditional practices of prayer, fast- ing and almsgiving (works of charity). Below are a few ideas to get started. PRAYER Prayer is the foundation of Christian life. Lent is an excellent time to evaluate our prayer life and, if necessary, make improvements. Ask yourself, Have I been faithful to prayer each day? Have I used Scripture, spiritual books and other resources to deepen my prayer? Do I try to listen as well as speak? Set aside a time for prayer each day and invite your spouse to do the same. It can be the same time, or different times depending on your schedules. If you have children, take turns looking after the kids so that each of you can have quiet time. Watch a video reflection on the day's Scripture readings. Exchange an insight or two with your spouse. Video reflec- tions are available at www.usccb.org/ bible/reflections Participate in the sacrament of recon- ciliation. Dip into a spiritual classic, for exam- ple, Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales, or the autobiogra- phies of St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Teresa of Avila. FASTING Fasting can take various forms. Giving up a favorite food or drink is a tangible reminder of our commitment to draw closer to Christ. Or, we can fast from a non-productive behavior or atti- tude. Participate in your parishs week- ly soup supper, or serve a simple dinner in your home one or more times a week. Give up a video game, television program or social networking site. Instead, use the time to do spiritual reading, visit an elderly relative, or help your children learn a new skill. Fast from negative comments, put-downs, and sarcastic remarks to and about your spouse or other members of your family. Apologize if you slip up. ALMSGIVING Many parishes offer extra opportu- nities for works of charity and service during Lent. Consider making a com- mitment that will last beyond the Lenten season. Review your household budget and your charitable contributions. Do you need to increase them or change the allocations to the various charitable organizations? Do you volunteer in your parish or community? If so, discuss how you can support each other. If you dont already a volunteer, discern whether you are called to some kind of service. Simplify your life. Clean out a draw- er, closet, or other storage area each day during Lent and give unneeded but usable items to charitable organizations. Try a team approach to observing Lent Prayer for Families We bless your name, O Lord, for sending your own incarnate Son, to become part of a family, so that, as he lived its life, he would experience its worries and its joys. We ask you, Lord, to protect and watch over this family, so that in the strength of your grace its members may enjoy pros- perity, possess the priceless gift of your peace, and, as the Church alive in the home, bear witness in this world to your glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. More prayers: www.usccb.org/prayer-and- worship i t A k lf H I c a t ly d t

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