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.
Here is the JOY Journal that I made for my family. We’ve been entering our JOY each day after family prayer.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)
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)
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.
- 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.
- repeat the above steps for the back cover.
- apply another coat of mod podge over the images.
- let dry.