“I’m participating in the Keeping LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013, hosted by



Raising (& Teaching) Little SaintsTruly Rich Mom and Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families. We’ll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds, and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of a GRUMBLE. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of link-up entries.”

Instead of grumble grumble grumble… I have found this lent a freedom that is refreshing.  I am not torturing myself with a list of self-denials or going above and beyond with clever ideas.  Instead I am focusing on a goal that has been one all year, to do small things with great love.  That is how I am keeping love in lent.  I could not decorate my whole house in lenten purple, or create intricate devotionals for my family.  I had major health set backs last year, and can’t even say my daily rosary.  But I did create simple, elegant decorations with love.  Love went into tying the purple ribbon, and love went into explaining the meaning of the color purple to my daughter and her Little Flowers Girls Group.  I am focusing on my daily tasks and trying to be more present during them.  Yes we are fasting and offering up meat on Fridays, but I am using it as an opportunity to do Lenten Soup Adventures.  A chance to lovingly show my family new recipes that are not overwhelming, but are interesting and tasteful.  Our first Lenten Soup Adventure was Brazilian Shrimp Soup, my husband absolutely loved it and it made me feel God’s presence in knowing I had expressed my love of family through this new recipe.  Other ways I am challenged to keep love in lent, will be by meditating and being more present during our nightly bible reading, and by saying one decade of the rosary.

For me, keeping love in lent is by meeting Jesus where we are at and then taking the challenge to walk a few steps further.  He is waiting out on the water for us, and if we only keep our eyes focused on Him- we can walk on water in love this lenten journey.  For that is really what this season is all about.  Taking a closer look at His great sacrifice for us and how madly in love with us He is.  We grow in spiritual strength through fasting, prayer and service.  If we can simply integrate each of these pillars in a realistic way,then we will be much more able to focus on love in our actions.  We must be careful to not compare ourselves and happy to know that we are worthy and beautiful where we are at and that Jesus is waiting, setting the pace to take us steps closer to Him.








Check out the Lent reflections participating in the Keep LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013! We’ll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds, and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of a GRUMBLE.

Discover new Catholic Blogs to follow!


Equipping CatholicFamilies: Keep LOVE in LENT

Call Her Happy:40 Simple Lenten Activities for Kids

Lenten Love: Little Acts of Love (pending)

Building Rocks (pending)

Grow the Roses: Keep Love in Lent

Family At The Foot Of The Cross: Loving Service (pending)

Catholic Homeschooling Joy: A Lenten Activity

JOY:Keep the Love in Lent

Twenty Tuesday Afternoons: Tuesday # 11: Pancake Tuesday / Keeping Love in Lent

Campfires and Cleats: Why a Failing Lent Really Isn’t

Harrington Harmonies: Make a Lenten Holy Hour

A Mommy of Three:Good Deeds for Lent

Loving the Semi Country Life: Lent:special time to reflect and keep the love in lent

Written By the Finger of God: A 7 Step Lenten Plan

Mommy Bares All: Giving Up and Making Space for Love this Lent

The Irish Lassie Shop: Seek God Everywhere

Hand-Maid with Love: Living Lent, Loving Lent (pending)

Words On Heaven: IN THE DESERT FOR 40 DAYS

On The Way Home: Keeping LOVE in Lent

Homeschooling with Joy: Keep Love in Lent

Mountain Grace: Keep Love in Lent

Eyes On Heaven: I am Choosing to Live

Joy Alive in Our Hearts:”God’s Love at Work”

Life of Fortunate Chances: Love is Fun: Keeping Love in Lent

Fifth of Five: Keep the LOVE in Lent

I Blog Jesus: for Praying our Loud!

Overflow: Loving Lent with Little Ones

This Cross I Embrace: Keep LOVE In Lent (pending)

Sole Searching Mamma: 15 Ways to Experience a More Meaningful Lent

21 Comments on On The Way Home: Keeping LOVE in Lent

  1. Amy @ This Cross I Embrace
    February 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm (4 years ago)

    Simplicity – I really think that is the answer, and you’ve got it :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Teresa
    February 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm (4 years ago)

    I find your post encouraging. I too have had a setback in my health this past year and find that I’ve come up with all these great ideas for celebrations but I’m unable to actually do them. Instead of feeling like life is put on hold, I’m learning to enjoy the little bit that I can do, and find the meaning behind it instead of enjoying the whirlwind that surrounds it. Kudos!

  3. Nancy
    February 20, 2013 at 1:21 am (4 years ago)

    Meeting Jesus where we are and taking the challenge to walk a few steps farther. Wonderful. I think of babies taking their little steps toward us… and don’t our hearts warm as they do? Thanks for this reminder that He is calling us on.

  4. Chelsea
    February 20, 2013 at 9:35 am (4 years ago)

    Brilliant post. As mum to 3 under 3 and lots going on I find many blog posts about the multiple things you could do in Lent a bit overwhelming. I went into Lent with many ambitions for myself and my family. But have found that simplicity is the answer. Doing something small and extra to lead the little ones to God each day (today reading them a story about Jesus the Helper) and focusing on doing something for my own spirituality is enough to fit in.
    Anyway, I found your post very encouraging. Thankyou.

  5. Jenna@CallHerHappy
    February 20, 2013 at 8:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes. Super important not to compare. Not only for our own sakes, but we never know the road another is traveling. Something that may seem trivial to us might be a huge emotional or physical sacrifice for another.

  6. Nancy Ward
    February 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm (4 years ago)

    You are so wise to know your own limitations. You also know that God gives you gifts that more than compensate for physical weakness. Your gift to others of doing little things in love is an inspiration to me.

  7. Ginger Palma Arboleda
    February 21, 2013 at 3:15 am (4 years ago)

    I agree with you! Do small things with great love this Lenten Season! :) I love your post! Very inspiring! ~ Ginger

  8. Teresa
    February 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm (4 years ago)

    I loved this line: “meeting Jesus where we are at and then taking the challenge to walk a few steps further.” That’s something I’m doing more of this Lent. Meditating more on God’s Word and doing my best to live it out. I pray that I’d come out of Lent with a stronger relationship with Jesus my Savior.

  9. Kari
    February 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm (4 years ago)

    This is the way to really keep love in Lent- offering up what we can for Jesus’ greater glory. Beautiful!

  10. pinulotta
    February 22, 2013 at 1:27 am (4 years ago)

    So beautiful. It was through the ‘little way’ of St. Therese’ that brought her to Sainthood.

  11. Laura
    February 22, 2013 at 2:05 am (4 years ago)

    Beautiful! Simplicity is so often the best way. Simple, not easy. I like the idea of focusing on being present to what is going on. That is such a difficult thing for a mom to do. God Bless you.

    • aymee
      February 22, 2013 at 4:47 am (4 years ago)

      I dont’ know how to leave a comment so I’m leaving a reply I guess. Thank you, may God reward your simple way of love for Him and thank you for your time in this presentation for Him. It is indeed simply beautiful. I love the decor and “soup adventure” idea. Great name for it! And my Grandma always said, “He’s the hound of Heaven. Like a jealous lover, he seeks you and wants you for His own. You take one step towards Him, and He runs to meet you.” How neat… our God, running to us, longing for us. I can’t even wrap my head around this. How great His love is for us. It is incomprehensible. It is unfathomable. It is so very intense and wonderful! Deo Gratias! Laus tibi Criste! Ave Maria!

  12. Ellen Mady
    February 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm (4 years ago)

    I agree. It’s really easy to bite off more than you can chew… I think its great to have one simple, but meaningful point that we can realistically remember and carry out…

  13. Susan
    February 23, 2013 at 5:20 am (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful reflection. I am so sorry to hear about your health issues, and will keep you in my prayers! I agree – it is better to do one thing (and stick with it) with great love for our Lord than to choose a whole list of things that you feel like you “have” to do because it’s Lent. I am encouraged to let LOVE be my focus for the remainder of this holy season. Thanks for the great post!

  14. Ultreya
    February 24, 2013 at 12:05 am (4 years ago)

    “to do small things with great love” — that is truly inspiring. I love how you express you love for your family through the meals you prepare for them. I am an “eat to live” person, and have always viewed preparing meals as a chore. You’ve inspired me to intentionally see cooking as a way of expressing love for my family. Thank you so much, and a blessed Lenten season to you and your loved ones.

  15. monicaequippingcatholicfamilies
    February 24, 2013 at 11:06 am (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful post…and inspiring example to keep love in Lent. I love how your family is recognizing the love that you are putting into Lent and how you are serving without the grumble. Such a positive approach and will no doubt influence many others in your family and beyond!

  16. Noreen
    February 25, 2013 at 2:07 am (4 years ago)

    I’m offering up prayers for you right now! Praying that your health improves and allows you back into your daily routine. Especially praying the rosary! Your quote from St. Therese is spot on. Even the little things done in love are pleasing to God. Sometimes those are hardest to do without grumbling! Love your purple ribboned wreath. May God bless you and draw you near this Lenten Season. You’re a rosary warrior, so no doubt hat Our Blessed Mother is your advocate! May she wrap you in her loving arms!

  17. Adib Mady
    February 26, 2013 at 8:41 am (4 years ago)

    You surely are keeping love in lent. Love is giving. It is sharing. When you prepare a meal to your family, no matter how simple this meal is, you are giving them something they need. You are taking care of them. You are loving them. You are also loving us, your readers, when you share your post with us.

    Thank you.

    May God bless you and your family, and may you have a blessed lent.


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