Lenten Family Joy Journal

Through the traditional practices of fasting, almsgiving and prayer, which are an expression of our commitment to conversion, Lent teaches us how to live the love of Christ in an ever more radical way. ~ Pope Benedict XVI, 2011 Lenten Message (3)
Finding JOY in my life has been a call of mine for sometime.  I’ve been recording my JOY for several years now, in efforts to grow a JOYfilled heart.  It has been a much needed spiritual practice for me. 
I have recently been renewed by friends, Ann and other bloggers.
Jenny at A Moment Captured and Melody at Blossoming Joy inspired me to step it up for Lent.
In order to undertake more seriously our journey towards Easter and prepare ourselves to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord – the most joyous and solemn feast of the entire liturgical year… ~ Pope Benedict XVI, 2011 Lenten Message (2)
Here is the JOY Journal that I made for my family.  We’ve been entering our JOY each day after family prayer.
lenten joy journal JOY  All members of the family, each according to his or her own gift, have the grace and responsibility of building, day by day, the communion of persons, making the family "a school of deeper humanity"(59): this happens where there is care and love for the little ones, the sick, the aged; where there is mutual service every day; when there is a sharing of goods, of joys and of sorrows. ~ Pope John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio (21)
JOY Journal
lenten joy journal supplies
supplies:  note book, mod podge, foam brush, nail file, and holy images.  (i prefer to upcycle items.  i used an old religious catalog.)
  • hand tear or cut the images as desired.
lenten joy journal front cover
  • glue the images to the  cover.  overlap images for complete coverage.
  • trim the edges with a nail file.  be sure that there is not glue on top of the images for this step.
lenten joy journal filed cover
  • repeat the above steps for the back cover.
  • apply another coat of mod podge over the images.
  • let dry.



  1. I just love these home made journals...I hope to make some one of these days;-) Praying your Joy journals bring grace to your family's Lenten journey!

  2. Beautiful Journal...beautiful images of the saints.
    Hey, can you share some joy through my first ever Prayer Share at iblogJesus? /Monica

  3. Oh that is so cool!! We are going to have to do that too!!

  4. I love this Lena. would never have thought about mod podging a journal cover. it's on my list now!! God bless!



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