Everything You Need for Lent: Apps, Books, and More Resources to Guide You
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Lent is approaching more quickly than most of us care to admit! It feels like I just got done taking all the Christmas decorations down and now it is already time to start preparing spiritually for the next 40 days. It is important to set aside some time to pray, discern, and listen in order to understand what is it that God wants you to do to grow closer to Him.
We’ve created a handy little quiz to help give you some direction: What Should You Give Up for Lent? . Most people will get a result that requires not so much giving up something, but doing something. Adding a prayer time, serving the poor, reading a spiritual book – these are all ways to achieve your spiritual goals.
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In this day and age, we’ve got it easy in many ways. From websites to apps to books, there are hundreds of ways to add to your prayer life this Lent. Find one that suits your needs. I, personally, love the daily emails. I check my email everyday so I’m sure to see it. I know others that make it a goal to read a book (or a few) during this holy season. We’ve compiled a list of our writers favorite Lenten resources. Please add your own favorite in the comments!
A List of Resources for Lent 2016:
1. Apps (apps listed are free)
*Xt3 Lent Calendar 2016 by Catholic Communications (Archdiocese of Sydney): “The Xt3 Lent Calendar will provide daily inspiration through videos, podcasts and reflections, as well as beautiful images all relating to the theme of mercy.”
*Laudate: This app is wonderful year round, not just during Lent. It provides the daily readings, reflections, and a vast collection of prayers.
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*Bringing Home Lent with Mother Teresa: Prayers, Reflections and Activities for Families : My family used this book to guide our Lent last year and we found it to be a great fit for our busy (young) family. Using Mother Teresa’s famous quote “small things with great love” the activities are just enough to lead both children and parents to truly understanding Lent.
*2016 Lenten Companion by Life Teen :”A pocket-sized book filled with daily reflections, prayers and challenges to help you get the most out of your Lenten journey.” Sounds like a simple way to add deep reflection and journaling into your day.
*Finding God Through Meditation: St. Peter of Alcantara (Navigating the Interior Life) : This is a book for those looking to delve deeper into the spiritual life. St. Peter of Alcantara may not be as well known as other Saints, but he faithfully served as the spiritual director for St. Teresa of Avila. In this book you will be able to gain from his wisdom and guidance.
3. Email Subscriptions
*#40daysofMercy from uCatholic – This daily email will provide the daily readings, a reflection given by popular Catholic speakers, a Lenten challenge and a musical playlist.
*Lenten Moments of Mercy by Loyola Press: This will be a daily email based on the Scripture readings for Lent and teachings of Pope Francis.
*Best Lent Ever by Dynamic Catholic: Catholic Speaker Matthew Kelly provides daily emails with videos and reflections to help you “Rediscover Jesus” this Lent.
*Celebrate the Feasts – Katie Warner, known as Catholic Katie, provides emails to help you celebrate feasts and better understand Church traditions.
*Catholic Link : We have a series of several great posts that will encourage you this Lent. Come back to our site often so you don’t miss out on all of our wonderful resources!
*CRS Rice Bowl : Provides brief videos, stories of hope and even suggestions for meals during Lent as well as raising awareness for the CRS rice bowl project. This is an excellent resource for those who desire to spend Lent sacrificing in order to give more to the poor.
*Catholic Icing : A collection of unique crafts and activities for children to do during Lent.
5. YouTube Channels
*Redeemed Online : Subscribe to this channel to get access to daily talks throughout Lent given by a variety of Catholic speakers.
*Ascension Presents : If you’re a fan of Fr. Mike Schmitz (if you’re not, you should be!), subscribe to this channel so that you don’t miss out on his latest videos and teachings. They also provide several other resources.
*Catholic Athlete – Solid advice and Catholic teaching are presented in clear and easy to understand way by a young adult Catholic athlete who is passionate about sharing his faith. He has a series for Lent, AthLent, available on his YouTube channel that would help any teen grow in their faith.
7. Webinars/Online Retreats
*Getting the Most Out of Lent : “Come join some of your favorite conference speakers for a lively discussion on how you can make this Lent your best ever. Drawing from Scripture, the wisdom of the saints, and personal experience, this webinar will get your heart ready for God’s love and mercy. Our panel includes John Beaulieu, Nic Frank, Gina Bauer, and Matt Regitz. Come join us for inspiration and laughter. You will have the chance to ask questions.” Cost: Free, When: Tue, Feb 9, 2016 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST Register by clicking the link.
*The Pray More Retreat – PrayMoreNovenas.com is launching their first retreat beginning Febuary 23rd. “As a part of this retreat, you will receive access to 16 different talks on prayer. Each of those talks will also come with a printable study guide that has reflective questions and prayers to accompany the presentation, along with transcripts of the presentation.” They are asking people to pay what they can (free if needed!) for this retreat.
*Catholic Conference 4 Moms “Faces of Mercy”: This is an online retreat for moms. You will have access to talks from a variety of speakers and can listen at your own leisure. Register by clicking here and be sure to use the coupon code LINK to save $4 off your registration fee (making the final cost just $10.99).
*The Wild Goose: Though not specific to Lent, this free online video series on the Holy Spirit is sure to enhance your spiritual growth over the next 40 days. The videos feature Fr. Dave Pivonka and several testimonies to help better understand the Holy Spirit.
*Ashes to Ashes: An ICC Lenten Retreat with Compline: The Institute of Catholic Culture will offer a livestreaming retreat led by Rev. Msgr. Charles Pope on February 20 and 27 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
*Father of Mercies: A Lenten Retreat Guide on the Parable of the Prodigal Son: “So why would Jesus tell them the parable about the prodigal son, about someone who was so far from being perfect? There are a lot of reasons, and some of them have an important, refreshing, and inspiring message for us. This retreat guide, Father of Mercies: A Retreat Guide on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, will explore that message”
*40 Songs for 40 Days by Steubenville Conferences: An amazing list of 40 contemporary songs to help guide your prayer time this Lent. There is a direct link to Spotify so the work is done for you!
*Lent at Ephesus : “This compilation of poignant chants, intricate harmonies and rousing hymns of glory and redemption includes: “O Sacred Head Surrounded,” made famous by Bach’s oratorios, “All Glory Laud and Honor,” the well known “Adoramus Te Christe” and the entrancing “Improperia” from the liturgy of Good Friday.”
There are so many wonderful ways for you to become more united with Christ during this Lenten season. Take the time to find one that will enrich the next 40 days and a significant impact on your life far beyond that. Pope Francis has offered great insight and wisdom to help our focus during Lent. You can find his message for Lent 2016 here.