Fostering Love for Lent

Join us in Fostering Love for Lent! During the season of Lent, we remember the ultimate Love: through prayer, fasting, and service/almsgiving, we strive to grow closer to Jesus on the cross, as we also learn how to better love our neighbor.

As you journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter this year, consider dedicating your Lenten intentions to those touched by fostering and adoption.

Lent comes providentially to awaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.” – Pope Francis

Pray

Fostering Love for Lent - graphic squarePray for foster families, children in adoptive and foster families, or birth parents this Lent.

  • Our novena to St. Joseph provides daily intentions to offer up for all those affected by foster care.
  • The Prayer for Birth Moms lifts up mothers who chose life, even when they were not able to raise their children themselves.
  • If you are considering fostering or adoption, our Novena for Discernment might be a great prayer to offer up this Lenten season.
  • If you know a foster or at-risk family in your community, you might pray especially for them this Lent.

Give Something Up (Fasting)

St. John Chrysostom wrote: “No matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.”

For this Lenten season, consider how your fast can serve those touched by fostering or adoption. Some examples:

  • If you give up your morning coffee run, put the money you would have spent toward a gift card to donate to a local foster agency.
  • If you give up time watching television, spend that time helping at-risk youth in your neighborhood, or doing errands for a foster family at your parish.
  • If you are trying to spend less time on your phone, offer up a prayer to children in foster care when you are tempted to start scrolling.

Give Something Back (Service and Almsgiving)

The season of Lent is a great time to start a project, on your own or with a group, to benefit others. Think of a one-time or ongoing project you could do during this season. You might:

  • Call a local foster care agency and see what kinds of donations they need most… the answer might surprise you! They may want winter hats, children’s socks, or homemade frozen meals to keep on hand for families when needed. Collect those items with your parish and drop them off at the agency.
  • Collect and put together items to make Easter baskets for foster children in your community. Brightening their day on Easter will be an extra gift to yourself!
  • Make a donation to an organization that serves foster families – a local agency or a non-profit like Springs of Love!

However you recognize Lent this year, we hope that you have a blessed and fruitful season.