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    Rediscover the Saints - Beast Lent Ever

    The Power of Small Tasks

    This year’s BEST LENT EVER content is drawn from Matthew Kelly’s new book: Rediscover the Saints.

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    My mom, 3 sisters, and I would each watch this every morning before we started our hectic days. Not only did it bring us closer together, but brought us closer to our kids and spouses, and most importantly brought us all closer to God

    - Abby

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    BEST LENT EVER is made possible by the generous support of The Ambassador’s Club.

    In October of 2018, my husband and I welcomed our first child into the world. I think we were experiencing all the normal emotions of new parents. We were really excited, but we were also really exhausted and really overwhelmed at the thought of being mom and dad to this new child. And all of those emotions seemed to be magnified by an unexpected 72-hour stay in the NICU.

    So when it was time to go home, we were of course to leave the hospital and go home, but we were also kind of nervous because, for those seventy-two hours, our son had been constantly monitored by doctors and nurses, and they just took such great care of him.

    We were on our way home. We were both exhausted—had probably slept a total of 10 hours in the last 72 hours—and just pretty emotionally drained. But when we got home, my mom and dad were there waiting for us. There was a welcome home sign on the door. They had dinner ready for us. The house was clean. The laundry was done. And I just remember feeling so taken care of in that time.

    And that whole first week that we brought my son home, my parents stayed with us that week, and they continued to do all the laundry, all the housework, they ran errands for us—all those little things that just meant so much to my husband and I and made our life so much easier so that we could just focus on being new parents. To us, all those little things meant so much, but to my parents, they were just passing on the tradition because that's what my grandma did for my parents when I was born. And now as I reflect back on that time, I realize that my parents were taking care of their child so that I could just focus on taking care of mine

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    LA MEJOR CUARESMA es posible gracias al generoso apoyo de El Club de Embajadores.

    En octubre de 2018, mi esposo y yo le dimos la bienvenida al mundo a nuestro primer hijo. Experimentamos todas las emociones normales de unos padres primerizos. Estábamos muy emocionados, pero también muy cansados y abrumados por la idea de ser los padres de un nuevo bebé. Y esas emociones se magnificaron debido a una inesperada estancia de 72 horas en la UCIN.

    Cuando era la hora de dejar el hospital e ir a casa nos alegramos, pero también nos dio nervios. Durante esas 72 horas, nuestro hijo había sido constantemente monitoreado por médicos y enfermeras que lo cuidaron mucho.

    Estábamos de camino a casa. Ambos exhaustos, solo habíamos dormido un total de 10 horas en las últimas 72 horas, y muy agotados emocionalmente. Pero al llegar a casa, mis padres nos estaban esperando. Había un letrero de bienvenida en la puerta. Tenían la cena lista para nosotros. La casa estaba limpia. La ropa estaba lavada. Yo recuerdo que me sentí muy atendida y cuidada en ese tiempo.

    Durante la primera semana de mi hijo en la casa, mis padres estuvieron ahí con nosotros. Ellos continuaron lavando la ropa, haciendo las tareas domésticas y haciendo nuestros mandados; todas esas pequeñas cosas que significaron mucho para mí y para mi esposo. Ellos hicieron nuestra vida mucho más fácil para que nosotros pudiéramos centrarnos en ser padres. Para nosotros, todas esas pequeñas cosas significaron mucho. Pero ellos lo hacían simplemente para continuar la tradición porque eso fue lo que hizo mi abuela cuando yo nací. Ahora, al reflexionar sobre ese momento, me doy cuenta de que mis padres estaban cuidando a su bebé para que yo pudiera centrarme en cuidar al mío.

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