For a long time, I refused to get excited about the princess culture. That was before I saw Frozen. Since I fell in love with the songs and the self-sacrificing sisterhood theme, I’ve changed my mind. I’ve come accept that little girls will always want to be princesses. So this Lent, my daughters and I are jumping into the princess bandwagon, crowns, gowns and everything.
We dug up some old scrapbook material, traced paper doll figures and created a gown, jewelry, shoes, crowns, veils and other accessories. Every time the girls do a loving act in secret, they get to paste on their designs to their princess. I’m trying to instill in them that if they love and offer sacrifices for Jesus they are going to be saints who live like princesses with their own castles in heaven. The lesson is that their secret crosses on earth will be their crowns for eternity. The objective is to do as many good things to create a sparkling, one of a kind dress. I can’t tell you how much the girls love it and are counting down the days till Ash Wednesday.
Besides that, we are taking out some gift boxes and filling it up with a sparkly stone every time we receive Communion, spend time in Adoration or visit the Blessed Sacrament. (You can also use any jar or basket to collect your stones.) The message I hope we get is that any time we receive or adore Jesus, we give him a gift and we receive graces.
As for me, I’m going to take St. Faustina’s advice.
Being a long-winded blogger that I am, I’m going to just take pictures for Lent and join the Catholic Sistas in their Lenten Photo a Day Journey on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
I know, I know, pictures speak a thousand words. But knowing me, I won't be able to resist writing a brief saint quote or reflection on the pictures and turn them into memes.
I hope you have a blessed Lent. I’ll see you in Easter and for the Catholic Stand monthly articles.