Welcome as we journey together toward the great feast of Easter!
For many people, the big feast of the year is Christmas, but for Christians, the truly great feast is Easter. Without Easter, without the Resurrection, we would not have the gift of salvation. Jesus had to rise from the dead or else he would have just been another failed Messiah and his birth would be a forgotten footnote of history.
That’s why Lent is such an important time of year for us. It is the period during which we refocus on the passion and death of Jesus so that we will be ready to embrace the good news of the Resurrection at Easter.
So, as we begin with Ash Wednesday and its reminder of repentance, let us resolve to do our best each day, knowing that it is not the destination, but the journey that will ultimately transform us.
Bishop Robert Barron
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We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different.
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40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent
by Marcellino D'Ambrosio
Move beyond the typical “giving something up” and take a fresh look at Lent. Marcellino D’Ambrosio offers forty ideas, activities, and devotions designed to strengthen your spiritual life and help Catholics get the most out of Lent. Each idea is accompanied by a short reflection expanding its deeper spiritual meaning and a challenge to help you incorporate that idea in practical ways.
Some of the forty ways are:
• Get up earlier and spend your first fifteen minutes of the day thanking God for the gift of life and offering your day to him
• Find a biography of a saint you like and read it during Lent
• Pray each day for the intentions and health of the Holy Father
• While driving, turn off the radio and use your time to listen to a Catholic radio program or CD
• Spend thirty minutes in Eucharistic Adoration during the day
Sacred Silence: Daily Meditations for Lent
by Phyllis Zagano
Phyllis Zagano explores the way both silence and stillness can help you turn your heart and mind to God in a more intentional way during Lent. She shows how important it is to detach ourselves from the busyness of everyday life to find stillness and silence—even if only for a few minutes of prayer each day.
Each day’s meditation contains:
• The lectionary readings for the day
• A brief quote from one of the readings
• A meditation
• A prayer, or grace, for the day
by Matthew Kelly
From the author of the bestselling book Rediscover Catholicism comes an inspiring new way to rediscover Lent. With this new book you can:
• Read a passage from Scripture for each day
• Reflect on the beauty and importance of Catholic faith and practice
• Meditate on thought-provoking questions
• Find a unique and inspiring prayer for each day of Lent
These timely and inspirational words will help renew your enthusiasm for being Catholic, while encouraging you to delve more deeply into the spirituality of the lenten season—a perfect companion for individual reading or for group study.
Lenten Reflections From A Father Who Keeps His Promises
by Scott Hahn
In these Lenten reflections based on A Father Who Keeps His Promises, Scott Hahn masterfully paints the big picture of God's covenant love in salvation history from Genesis to Jesus. The stories of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David all lead to Christ and his sacrifice for us.
Beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending with Divine Mercy Sunday, each day's reading is designed to deepen the Lenten experience by offering:
• A meaningful reflection
• A daily Scripture verse
• A prayer for each day
• A personal question