40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: Justification – Being Aligned with God

Lent is a time to make sure that we are in a healthy alignment with God.

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  • Provide each participant with a fistful of Cheerios and a straight edge/ruler or popsicle stick
  • Invite them to “spill” the Cheerios on their desk/table top in front of them.
  • Show them the following image (either copy and paste into a handout or project it) and tell them to use their straight edge to arrange their Cheerios so that they LEFT ALIGN
  • Walk around to affirm that they arranged them correctly with the left edge straight.
  • Next, have them mix up the Cheerios again and then use their straight edge to arrange their Cheerios so that they RIGHT ALIGN.
  • Once again, walk around to affirm that they arranged them correctly with the right edge straight.
  • Have them mix up the Cheerios again and then use their straight edge to arrange their Cheerios so that they are JUSTIFIED.
  • Walk around to affirm that they arranged them correctly with both edges straight.

Based on that, invite them to define the word JUSTIFY/JUSTIFIED (to line up perfectly, to straighten out, to make a perfect fit, and so on). Be sure to write their suggested definitions on the board. Explain that, during Lent, we strive to align ourselves with God which St. Paul referred to as being ‘justified.” (Romans 4:1-8)


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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at many different levels. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller The Catechist’s Toolbox and Under the Influence of Jesus.

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