Journey Through Lent 2022

Day 1 (Ash Wednesday, March 2)

Read Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18. One of the main ideas found in this passage is “almsgiving”. How has L’Arche supported people in need in our community?

1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 

so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

16 When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 

17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 

18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Day 2 (March 3)

Give a compliment to someone in your home.

Day 3 (March 4)

Tell someone they mean a lot to you.
Dis à une autre personne que tu l’aimes beaucoup.

Day 4 (March 5)

Step outside and look around you. What “wonders” in nature do you see? Express gratitude for them.

1st Sunday of Lent (March 6)

Congratulations! You have journeyed through the 1st 4 days of Lent. Celebrate with a treat from the box!

Day 5 (March 7)

Who do you like to spend time with? Why?

Day 6 (March 8)

Read Matthew 4:1-11. This passage teaches us to make God the center of our lives. How can we show that God is the center of our lives in our home?

1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 

After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 

The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 

“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

‘He will command his angels concerning you,
 and they will lift you up in their hands,
 so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 

“All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Day 7 (March 9)

Sing songs together.

Day 8 (March 10)

Share about a favorite gift you have been given.
Quel est le cadeau le plus favori que tu as jamais reçu ?

Pop art gift box cartoon red and yellow striped background vector illustration graphic design

Day 9 (March 11)

Read Psalm 27:1,7-9,13-14. Explain a time when you feel God answered one of your prayers or came to your help in a time of need.

1The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    whom should I fear?
The Lord is my life’s refuge;
    of whom should I be afraid?

Hear my voice, Lord, when I call;
    have mercy on me and answer me.
“Come,” says my heart, “seek his face”;[c]
    your face, Lord, do I seek!
Do not hide your face from me;
    do not repel your servant in anger.
You are my salvation; do not cast me off;
    do not forsake me, God my savior!

13 I believe I shall see the Lord’s goodness
    in the land of the living.[d]
14 Wait for the Lord, take courage;
    be stouthearted, wait for the Lord!

Day 10 (March 12)

Phone a member of CPP today (or a person associated with L’Arche who lives alone).

2nd Sunday of Lent (March 13)

Congratulations! You have journeyed through 10 days of Lent. Celebrate with a treat from the box!

Day 11 (March 14)

Tell everyone what your favorite activity is.

Day 12 (March 15)

Read Luke 9:28b-36. This passage talks about listening to Jesus in our daily lives. How can we show that we are listening to Jesus in our homes?

28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 

29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 

30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 

31 They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 

32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 

33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)

34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 

35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 

36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.

Day 13 (March 16)

Do a kind act for someone else in your home.

Did you know Garnett had his bike stolen and he received incredible support in getting it returned? He even had a shed donated to him so he could keep his bike safe. The kindness of others fills our hearts with love.

Day 14 (March 17)

Tell everyone what makes you happy.
Explique à tout le monde ce qui te rend heureux.

Full of laughter, Katie gets to enjoy her drink twice over, with a delicious taste and a funny milk mustache.

Day 15 (March 18)

Tell a story about your day.
Raconte un incident de ta journée.

Day 16 (March 19)

Read Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a. Today is the feast day of St. Joseph, the patron saint of Canada. What do we learn about St. Joseph in this passage?

16 Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is called the Messiah.

18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

19 Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 

21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.

3rd Sunday of Lent (March 20)

Congratulations! You have journeyed through 16 days of Lent. Celebrate with a treat from the box!

Day 17 (March 21)

Before we eat, we try to think of everyone who helped bring food to the table. Who planted the seeds and cared for the plants? Who picked the fruit and vegetables? Who brought them to the store? Who prepared the food? We thank God for everyone! We are all connected!

Day 18 (March 22)

Read Romans 5:1-2, 5-8. This passage explains how God proves his love for us. How can we show love for each other in our homes on a daily basis?

1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 

through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Day 19 (March 23)

Make no negative or complaining comments today. Make only positive and kind comments.

Day 20 (March 24)

Share 2 roses (2 things that went well) and 1 thorn (1 thing that did not go well) about your day.

Day 21 (March 25)

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. This passage encourages us to be “ambassadors for Christ”. How can we make Jesus present in our homes on a daily basis?

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 

18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 

19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 

20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 

21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Day 22 (March 26)

Make a special treat / snack together.
Préparez un goûter spécial ensemble.

4th Sunday of Lent (March 27)

Congratulations! Lent is more than half over. Celebrate with a treat from the box! Hang in there!!!

Day 23 (March 28)

Read Luke 15:11-24. God is like the father in this story. Even when we do things that are wrong or things that are not pleasing to God, God’s love for us is extravagant, excessive and “over the top”. Share one time in your life when you experienced God’s overly generous love for you in a special way.

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 

12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 

14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 

15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 

16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 

18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 

19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 

20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.

23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 

24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Day 24 (March 29)

Share 1 thing that has been hard for you during this time of COVID.

Day 25 (March 30)

Read Psalm 34: 1-8. Share one blessing in your life that comes from God.

I will extol the Lord at all times;
    his praise will always be on my lips.

I will glory in the Lord;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

Glorify the Lord with me;
    let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.

Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.

This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
    and he delivers them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Day 26 (March 31)

Clean or tidy up a room together.
Faites le ménage ensemble.

Day 27 (April 1)

Share with others something that helps you stay healthy.

Day 28 (April 2)

Share something about your spirituality.
Qu’est-ce qui est important pour ta spiritualité?

5th Sunday of Lent (April 3)

Congratulations! You have journey through 28 days of Lent. Celebrate with a treat from the box!

Day 29 (April 4)

Read John 8:1-11. No matter what we do, Jesus never condemns us. Jesus loves to forgive us. Share about a time when you forgave someone who hurt you. Share a time when someone whom you hurt forgave you.

but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 

The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 

and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 

In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 

They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 

Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 

10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Day 30 (April 5)

Share why you love L’Arche.
Pourquoi est-ce que tu aimes L’Arche ?

Day 31 (April 6)

Help someone else with a task.

Day 32 (April 7)

Light a candle. Pray for someone else in your home.

The hand that protects the candles in the dark.

Day 33 (April 8)

Light a candle. Pray for someone else’s family.

Day 34 (April 9)

Make an Easter card / drawing for someone else.
Dessine une carte de Pâques pour quelqu’un.

Palm Sunday (April 10)

Be joyful! Holy Week begins! Celebrate with a treat from the box!

Day 35 (April 11)

Read Philippians 2:6-11. Jesus was a person who always put the needs of others before his own. He was totally selfless. Think of a time when you were selfless (you put the needs of someone else before your own). Think of a time when someone else put your needs ahead of their own.

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Day 36 (April 12)

Share a favorite Easter memory.
Partage un souvenir d’un Pâques de ton pasée.

Day 37 (April 13)

“Peace begins with a smile”. (Mother Theresa) Smile at every person you meet during the day. Why do you think peace begins with a smile?

Day 38 (April 14)

Finish this sentence: I love Easter because ____________________.

Day 39 (April 15)

“We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. We need to include the excluded and preach peace”. (Pope Francis)
What do these words mean to you?

« Nous devons redonner de l’espoir aux jeunes, aider les personnes âgées, être ouverts à l’avenir, répandre l’amour. Nous devons inclure les exclus et prêcher la paix ». (le Pape François)
Qu’est-ce que ces mots signifient pour toi ?

Day 40 (April 16)

Have an Easter themed scavenger hunt in the house.

Easter Sunday (April 17) Congratulations! You did it! You had a good Lent! Happy Easter!!!! Celebrate with a treat from the box! Be filled with joy for Jesus is risen from the dead!!