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Make an Offering Box

Lent is a beautiful opportunity to offer ourselves to our Lord.  An offering box is a tangible way to make our offerings. It can be used for many different types of offerings:

  • Monetary offerings, especially for money saved from fasting
  • Small sacrifices made during the day
  • Prayers offered
  • Offerings of service or good deeds

Making an offering box for your family, classroom, or youth ministry room is easy. Just start with a shoe-box. Let the children or students decorate it. You can use markers or Christian stickers or whatever you like. Place it in a prominent place in your home, such as a prayer table. Place a stack of small slips of paper next to it and a pencil.  Then everyone can place their monetary offerings in the box or they can write on a piece of paper what they are offering and place it in there.

This is a nice way to think about all of the things we can offer to our Lord Jesus Christ in response to all of the many gifts we have received.

More Lenten Ideas

Lent is a time to answer the call to conversion. Catholics practice self discipline by abstaining from meat on Fridays and making other small sacrifices. Giving alms and spending increased time in prayer are also traditional practices during this holy season. See more ideas here.

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Suscipe Prayer (Take Lord Receive Prayer)

This prayer was written by St. Ignatius of Loyola. It reflects his belief that all we have is given to us to serve and reverence God. Therefore, we should not hold on to tightly to our wealth, our health, situation in life, etc. We must be willing to offer everything back to God for Him to use as he wills.

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Give Something You Like to Charity

When you are gathering your items to give to charity consider including at least one item you use frequently and enjoy. And don’t go out and replace it right away.

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