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10 Creative Things Kids Can Do For Lent

10 Creative Things Kids Can Do For Lent

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It can be hard enough figuring out what you should do for Lent, so how do you help your kids have a meaningful experience? Instead of another year without chocolate and candy, try out these 10 different (and easy) ways of getting your kids actively engaged in Lent and thinking about their Catholic faith in new ways.

40 Days, 40 Ways A New Look at Lent

40 Days, 40 Ways A New Look at Lent

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If you're looking for a new Lenten experience, here are forty fresh ideas. Some will challenge you to deepen your prayer life; others will open your mind to new ways to serve others. Each of the forty ways includes a reflection to help you understand more about Lent and why it matters. You'll learn how to have a more creative experience of Lent. You'll discover positive, proactive ways to take action instead of the same old routine of giving something up. The result will be spiritual transformation and a closer walk with Christ--not only during Lent but throughout the year.

The audio edition of this book can be downloaded via Audible.

40 manera de enriquecer la Cuaresma

40 manera de enriquecer la Cuaresma

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Cada año, el Tiempo de Cuaresma nos da una nueva oportunidad de mejorar nuestras vidas y las vidas de los demás. Ésta es una lista de 40 maneras fáciles--una para cada día de la Cuaresma--para hacer cosas como un ayuno significativo u ofrecerles nuestra ayuda a los necesitados.

Haga que la Cuaresma sea más significativa al incorporar estas 40 prácticas que son tan sencillas y nada difíciles de realizar.

Bienvenido Jesus resucitado-reflexiones de cuaresma y Pascua para la familia

Bienvenido Jesus resucitado-reflexiones de cuaresma y Pascua para la familia

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Bienvenido, Jesús Resucitado ofrece una reflexión bíblica y una dinámica para todos los días de Cuaresma que anima a las familias a PENSAR, DAR, AYUNAR Y ORAR. Estas dinámicas ayudarán a su familia a que durante la Cuaresma incluyan la Escritura y la meditación en su vida cotidiana. Con el pasar de los domingos, su fe se irá fortaleciendo e irán descubriendo el verdadero significado de este periodo.

Welcome Risen Jesus
Lenten and Easter Reflections for Families

Welcome Risen Jesus offers daily reflections and thoughts that encourage families to THINK, PRAY, ACT based on words from Scripture. These exercises are designed to engage your household during the Lenten season by tying Scripture and reflection to your daily life. With each passing Sunday, your family's faith will grow stronger, and the true meaning of this season will be discovered.

Book of Lenten Prayers

Book of Lenten Prayers

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A Book of Lenten Prayers emphasizes the graces of Baptism and Penance, offers traditional Catholic devotions and prayers that are still relevant and meaningful today, and gives insight into the rich treasury and history of Lenten prayers. This is a concise but complete collection of the best Lenten prayers compiled by esteemed prayer-book author, William G. Storey. A Book of Lenten Prayers offers a comprehensive collection of vibrant, moving prayers that can be prayed individually or in groups during Lent. These prayers will enrich readers’ experience of Lent and help them grow closer to Christ during this most reflective and solemn time in the Church year. 

Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II

Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II

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"This helpful and creative family guide offers practical suggestions for Lenten devotion, inspired by the life and wisdom of beloved pope and newly canonized St. John Paul II"--P. [4] of cover.
Busy Parent's Guide to a Meaningful Lent

Busy Parent's Guide to a Meaningful Lent

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Lent. With children.

Mom and theologian Maria C. Morrow can relate to your sigh. Lent is a time of sacrifice, but Lent with little ones (or medium ones, or older ones) can seem like sacrifice with an extra helping of penance. Why? Because parenting comes with its own set of sacrifices, made daily.

But being a busy parent doesn't mean you (and the whole family) can't do Lent well.

A Busy Parent's Guide to a Meaningful Lent is the book you've been looking for. It's a quick, easy Lenten resource that starts your day off with Scripture-focused reflection and prayer - and achievable ideas to help busy parents make the most of Lent.

Each day, you'll find:

  • A theme for the week
  • A brief reflection based on the daily Mass readings - a 5-minute read
  • Questions for journaling or meditation
  • A one-line aspirational prayer
  • And a quick and easy Catholic practice to sanctify the rest of your day
  • With A Busy Parent's Guide to a Meaningful Lent you can live Lent well, even in the middle of your beautiful, busy, and sometimes messy family life.

    Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Resurrection

    Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Resurrection

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    Did Jesus of Nazareth really rise from the dead?

    Of the many world religions, only one claims that its founder returned from the grave. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very cornerstone of Christianity.

    But a dead man coming back to life? In our sophisticated age, when myth has given way to science, who can take such a claim seriously? Some argue that Jesus never died on the cross. Conflicting accounts make the empty tomb seem suspect.

    How credible is the evidence for--and against--the resurrection? Focusing his award-winning skills as a legal journalist on history's most compelling enigma, Lee Strobel retraces the startling findings that led him from atheism to belief. He examines:

  • The Medical Evidence: Was Jesus' death a sham and his resurrection a hoax?
  • The Evidence of the Missing Body: Was Jesus' body really absent from his tomb?
  • The Evidence of Appearances: Was Jesus seen alive after his death on the cross?
  • Written in a hard-hitting journalistic style, The Case for Easter probes the core issues of the resurrection. Jesus Christ, risen from the dead: superstitious myth or life-changing reality? The evidence is in. The verdict is up to you.

    Celebrating A Holy Catholic Easter: A Guide to the Customs and Devotions of Lent and the Season of Christ's Resurrection

    Celebrating A Holy Catholic Easter: A Guide to the Customs and Devotions of Lent and the Season of Christ's Resurrection

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    Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Celebrating a Holy Catholic Lent and Easter provides individuals and families with a valuable resource for understanding and celebrating Lent and Easter as a Catholic.
    Celebrating Lent

    Celebrating Lent

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    One of 101 titles in the St. Joseph Picture Book Series, this book by popular author Rev. Jude Winkler, OFM. Conv. helps children understand the holy season of Lent, the time of preparation for Jesus' Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Among the features of this book are:

  • vibrant full-color illustrations
  • durable sewn paperback binding
  • Topics explained in this title include:
  • God's Love for Us
  • Preparing for Easter
  • Forty Days of Lent
  • Preparing for Baptism
  • The Rite of Christian Initiation
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Signs of Lent
  • Holy Scripture
  • Fasting
  • Good Deeds
  • A Time of Prayer
  • The Way of the Cross
  • Palm Sunday
  • Holy Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • Holy Saturday
  • We invite you to view other titles in this series here: https: //catholicbookpublishing.com/browse/st-joseph-picture-books

    Christ of Easter Special Church Edition

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    Coloring Lent An Adult coloring book for the Journey of Resurrection

    Coloring Lent An Adult coloring book for the Journey of Resurrection

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    The journey of Lent--from Ash Wednesday to Easter--is traditionally one of prayer, repentance, spiritual discipline, and meditation. But coloring?

    Now you're invited to add the spiritual practice of "coloring the Bible" on your Lenten journey. Engage both sides of your brain as you read the scripture and color your way through each day of Lent with evocative illustrations of God's Resurrection story, from the Old Testament prophecies of Emmanuel to Jesus' victorious appearances after his crucifixion to the loyal Disciples. Dozens of drawings will draw you deeper into the story and your own place in it.

    From the Introduction: "This moment of Easter is Good News for this Jesus, who is fully human and fully God, yet it is even better news for the world: God has not only moved into the world with humans but the fullness of God has taken on flesh. As you color these pages, then, consider how your fingertips, your palms, your body have now become the house of God, and following the stories of the Hebrew and New Testaments, consider how we might also walk the same journey of Jesus."

    Grab your crayons, colored pencils and pens, and prepare to deepen your journey to Easter this year with Coloring Lent.

    Conversing with God in Lent Praying the Sunday Mass Readings

    Conversing with God in Lent Praying the Sunday Mass Readings

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    Lectio divina is an ancient spiritual practice that can help us to hear God speaking to us through the words of Scripture. In recent times, Pope Benedict XVI and a Synod of Bishops have recommended that lay people pray with the Scriptures using this method. In this book, respected biblical scholar Stephen J. Binz chooses one of the three Mass readings for each Sunday in cycles A, B, and C during Lent, including the complete text of the reading. Then he leads readers through the steps of lectio divinareading, meditation, prayer, contemplation, and actionby suggesting themes and verses on which to focus. Discussion questions are provided for each of the Sunday readings. A perfect Lenten resource for both individuals and parish groups.
    Daily Lenten Journey

    Daily Lenten Journey

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    Embark on a prayer journey to draw closer to the Lord and make room in your heart for Easter joy!

    During the forty days of Lent, the Church helps us prepare our hearts for the great feast of Easter. MagnifiKid! Daily Lenten Journey invites you to follow a daily liturgical reading and offers ways for you to grow in holiness and faith through fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.

    Designed to be used individually or as a support for family and community prayer, each day Magnifikid! Daily Lenten Journey features an opening reflection, a Scripture reading from daily Mass, intercessions, and small self-giving steps toward Easter.

    Daybreaks Daily Reflections for Lent & Easter

    Daybreaks Daily Reflections for Lent & Easter

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    Lent reminds us that Christians form a community gathered in contemplation around God's Word-and that means we're also gathered in meditation on the world, its goodness and grandeur, its beauty and brutality. Lent is a call to pay attention, to see creation as God does, to gather our faith not only from God's promise (where it begins), but also from God's presence in the low, vast murmur of human life that tugs at our hearts, heads, and hands. (from Introduction)

    Nathan Mitchell offers daily reflections for the season of Lent that focus on the unity of Word and World in our lives. Drawing upon the wisdom of scripture and such notable sources as St. Benedict, Flannery O'Connor, C.S. Lewis, Elie Wiesel, world events, and folktales, Mitchell weaves together the threads of deep spiritual awareness and the familiar colors of our lives.

    Allow yourself this Lenten season to be wrapped in a unique fabric of reflection and grace of Daybreaks with Nathan Mitchell.

    Devotional Journey Into the Easter Mystery

    Devotional Journey Into the Easter Mystery

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    Bestselling author Christopher Carstens (Devotional Journey into the Mass) leads readers through Lent, the Easter Triduum, and the Easter season through Pentecost.
    Everyone's Way of the Cross

    Everyone's Way of the Cross

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    This perennially popular meditation booklet combines imaginative, full-page photos with a dialogue between Christ and the reader, urging us to carry on Christ's unfinished business and unite our human will with the divine will. Each mediation is an authentic application of Jesus' suffering to our personal lives. Ideal for either private devotion of public Stations of the Cross, for adult parish Lenten programs, and high school use.
    From the Cross to the Empty Tomb

    From the Cross to the Empty Tomb

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    Bishop Serratelli invites you to journey with those who were with Jesus in His last hours. You may be like Peter one day, and like Judas, Simon, Mary Magdalene, or Our Lady on another. This Lenten book provides a deeper appreciation for God\'s eternal saving love. The author weaves Scripture and history so seamlessly that you feel the pain and betrayal of Our Lord and truly appreciate what He has done for you and how precious is His love.

    God for Us

    God for Us

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    Examine the meaning of Lent and its significance in spiritual formation and the preparation for Easter, and walk through the holy season of Easter. Leading North American spiritual writers reflect on what one theologian has called the "bright sadness" of Lent: that it is not about feeling of broken and lost, but about cleansing the palate so we can taste life to a greater extent. In the Lent and Easter seasons, we encounter the God who, in all of life, is for us--for our liberation, for our healing, for our wholeness. Even in death we can find resurrection.

    Holy Thursday: The Night That Changed the World

    Holy Thursday: The Night That Changed the World

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    These pages are for all those weary ones who go to Mass faithfully but still find no relief for their parched and careworn spirits. The famed novelist Francois Mauriac walks through the great events of Holy Thursday, showing how each -- the foot washing, the institution of the priesthood and the Eucharist, and more -- flows from the abiding love of the Savior. His reflections on each are vivid, spirit-filled, and able to move the stoniest heart to fervor.
    Hosanna Lenten Scripture Journal

    Hosanna Lenten Scripture Journal

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    Hosanna is a Lenten devotional journal that is a deep and wide study of the Gospel of Matthew. The team at Take Up and Read delivers another gorgeous book that includes Scripture, devotional essays, room to journal, and stunning art. Each weekday, readers will find a simple prompt for journaling tuned to the heart of the ancient prayer form of lectio divina. Weekends are reserved for rest and for hiding God's word in the hearts of those who love him. Hosanna is designed to help you reflect on all aspects of your life in light of Jesus' call to live for the kingdom of heaven. It's at once gentle and challenging-a journey with one of Jesus' closest followers that will bring you into the presence of our Lord, from his birth to his resurrection.
    Journey to Easter Spiritual reflections for the Lenten Season

    Journey to Easter Spiritual reflections for the Lenten Season

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    The successor to Pope John Paul II shares a Lenten blessing that evaluates the meaning of the season, the significance of the birth and death of Christ, and the meaning of Jesus in the lives of Christians everywhere, in a spiritual meditation that follows such themes as the mystery of Mary and the Pentecostal sending of the Spirit.
    Journey With Jesus Stations of the Cross for School Children

    Journey With Jesus Stations of the Cross for School Children

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    Adapted from Journey of Decision, a Way of the Cross for adults, this children's Way engages children by having them actively participate. Fourteen readers represent characters from the passion of Jesus. Suggestions are given at the outset for props or symbolic costumes that achieve a two-fold purpose: they draw children into the story, thus helping them follow along.

    As in the original Journey on which this children's adaptation is based, the text combines the traditional with the innovative. It asks children to journey with Jesus not just during this Way of the Cross but during every day of their lives.

    Keeping Time Praying Lent Throughout The School Day

    Keeping Time Praying Lent Throughout The School Day

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    Bring the season of Lent into every class with Keeping Time: Praying Lent Throughout the School Day! Help students and faculty members recognize the season's rhythm through brief and easy-to-lead prayers that enter into the uniqueness of this season. For each school day, Keeping Time includes a Scripture verse for the start of each class hour, 8 short prayers--one for each period--and a final blessing.
    La Cuaresma-Oraciones, ayuno y ofrendas

    La Cuaresma-Oraciones, ayuno y ofrendas

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    En el año litúrgico, la temporada de Cuaresma nos ofrece una buena oportunidad de prepararnos para la fiesta de la Pascua y la celebración de la Resurrección del Señor. Según la tradición católica, cumplimos con esta meta principalmente por las prácticas del ayuno, la oración, y las obras de caridad. Estas tres prácticas nos ayudan ponernos en solidaridad con el Señor y el gran sacrificio que él hizo para nosotros por su muerte en la cruz.

    Con un estilo de narración noveléstico, examinaremos las ofrendas, sacrificios, y prácticas cuaresmales en la Iglesia católica desde el punto de vista de Manuel y su búsqueda de Dios durante su visita a la Iglesia el Miércoles de Ceniza.

    Lenten season gives us an opportunity to reflect and prepare our faith for Easter. In order to achieve this, there are several popular practices. Father Sosa's book, La Cuaresma: Oraciones, ayuno y ofrendas, walks us through these practices--prayer, fasting, and almsgiving--in a narrative way from the point of view of Manuel and his search for God during a visit to his parish during Ash Wednesday. Fr. Sosa will describe the tradition and history of the Ashes, give an insight of personal prayer and communal prayer during Lent, explain fasting and the meaning of that sacrifice, distinguish between almsgiving and stewardship, and define and explain the Tridiuum.

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    Lent and Easter Wisdom from Fulton J. Sheen

    Lent and Easter Wisdom from Fulton J. Sheen

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    Timeless words from the pen of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen inspire the heart and imagination as readers embark on a Lenten journey toward a better understanding of their spiritual selves. Covering the traditional themes of Lent--sin and salvation, death and Resurrection, sorrow and hope, ashes and lilies--these 50 passages and accompanying mini-prayers offer readers a practical spiritual program as a retreat from the cares and concerns of a secular world view.

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    Lent and Easter Wisdom from St. Ignatius of Loyola

    Lent and Easter Wisdom from St. Ignatius of Loyola

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    Take a journey through Lent with St. Ignatius of Loyola as the wisdom of this great saint deepens your passion for Christ. Fr. Connor, SJ, offers a selection of readings from St. Ignatius, illuminated by Scripture and his own insight into Ignatian spirituality for the modern Christian.

    Each day provides you with words from the saint, a Scripture passage, a short reflection, and an action that will aid you in discerning God's will in your life.

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    Lent and Easter Wisdom from St. Vincent DePaul

    Lent and Easter Wisdom from St. Vincent DePaul

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    John Rybolt, CM, matches passages from St. Vincent's meditative writings with seasonal reflections and prayers. Through the Apostle of Charity's words and thoughts, we are led to a greater love for all, especially the poor. Let St. Vincent's wisdom inspire you to free yourself of the burdens and temptations of this world, so that you, too, may be ready to serve. Each entry includes a quote from St. Vincent, a scripture verse, a prayer, and a action all in keeping with the daily wisdom.

    Lent and Holy Week with Mary

    Lent and Holy Week with Mary

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    Make Lent and Holy week even more meaningful with brief daily meditations that will help focus on Our Lord's passion and resurrection alongside his mother, Mary. Focusing on various themes from self-control to generosity, you will be brought into a deeper relationship with Jesus. Each daily meditation includes Scripture, a question to think about or act to consider, and a short prayer to the Blessed Mother.

    Lent Coloring Book

    Lent Coloring Book

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    St. Joseph Coloring Books
    The St. Joseph Coloring Books are a magnificent series of Catholic Coloring Books that will help children begin learning their Faith.

    Lent Coloring Book, written by Michael Goode and illustrated by Margaret A. Buono, is a fun and creative way for children to learn about preparing for the Resurrection of Jesus. Children reading and coloring in this book will specifically learn about the following topics:

  • Lent
  • Season of Preparation for Easter
  • Time to gain God's Grace
  • Lenten Symbols
  • Ashes
  • Fasting
  • The Color Purple
  • Palm Branches
  • Lenten People
  • The Patriarch Abraham
  • The Apostle Paul
  • The Samaritan Woman
  • The Man Born Blind
  • Lazarus
  • The Children of Jerusalem
  • Lenten Devotions
  • Coing to Confession
  • Receiving Holy Communion
  • Participation at Sunday Mass
  • Participation at Weekday Mass
  • The Way of the Cross
  • Visits to the Blessed Sacrament
  • Praising God
  • This title features:

  • Large, easy-to-color illustrations
  • Short, simple, readable texts
  • High-quality paper
  • Most convenient size
  • Proven educational approach
  • Imprimatur
  • attractive holograpic foil on the front cover
  • Lent Easter Awaits Us: Returning to the Way of God

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    Lent with Saint Augustine

    Lent with Saint Augustine

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    "Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new," prayed Saint Augustine. He searched long and passionately so, moving through various philosophies like a lost sheep. In the end, however, he discovered that God is near, within himself, in the depths of his soul. Augustine's Confessions immortalized the path of his conversion, a humble and sincere testimony of a sinner who experienced unconditional love.

    In Lent with Saint Augustine, Waldemar Turek presents selected excerpts for each day of Lent from this pearl of spirituality and literature, while incorporating commentary that takes the cycle of liturgical readings into account. These reflections serve as a prayerful aid for living Lent spiritually, allowing the reader to better experience the sacred while returning to the sources of faith to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ.
    Lent: One Day at a Time for Catholic Teens

    Lent: One Day at a Time for Catholic Teens

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    Winner of a 2020 Catholic Press Association book award (third place, books for teens).


    Are you looking for a daily Lenten resource for teens that meets them right where they are in life?

    Husband-and-wife youth ministry experts Katie Prejean McGrady and Tommy McGrady offer realistic and engaging spiritual guidance for Lent that includes timely topics for teens such as relationships, being your best, competition, control, fear, and forgiveness.

    The simple format of Lent: One Day at a Time for Catholic Teens offers depth without complexity and direction without pressure. Each daily devotion is based on a Bible passage that connects with a topic important to teens. A brief reflection helps readers consider the day's topic through the lens of faith.

    Unlike many other Lenten prayer books, each day offers exercises and activities to help teens grow closer to Christ. Optional activities in "Feel Ambitious?" invite teens to read, reflect, and respond to a longer scripture passage that connects to the day's theme.

    Another unique feature is that on Sundays, the McGradys ask teens to choose one spiritual challenge from a short list to focus on throughout the week. Saturdays provide a simple method to reflect and examine how well they did with their Lenten prayer and practices during the previous week.

    Lenten Cookbook

    Lenten Cookbook

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    From breads to stews to omelets and desserts, award-winning chef and former Vatican Swiss Guard David Geisser returns with 75 new international recipes that were specially conceived for the penitential season of Lent. From delicious soups and salads to zesty curries and classic Lenten staples, Chef Geisser offers here a uniquely Catholic way of celebrating the Lenten season in your home each year.

    Much more than a cookbook, this first-ever guidebook for mealtimes in Lent features essays from acclaimed biblical scholar Scott Hahn, who reflects on the history of fasting and its integral role in our personal spiritual growth. Hahn guides you on how to practice a holy Lent that will enable you to return your focus to Christ, and how to carry the unique and extraordinary joys of Lent forward into the rest of the year. You’ll also learn of forgotten Catholic traditions and timeless customs, such as St. Martin’s Lent, Ember Days, and Rogation Days and how you can apply these time-honored periods of grace to your spiritual life today.

    Here’s a culinary masterpiece that is a must-have for any Catholic and an ideal gift for a loved one’s kitchen or coffee table. It also includes:

    • Scores of meatless dishes that are both simple and savory
    • Nearly 50 pages of exclusive content from Scott Hahn on the Lenten season
    • Over a dozen meals ideally suited for those pursuing a rigorous Lent
    • Several variations on the traditional Lenten hot-cross bun recipe
    • Inspiring Scripture verses and quotes from the saints to keep you on track this Lent.

    Lenten Gospel Reflections

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    Lenten Healing: 40 Days to Set You Free From Sin

    Lenten Healing: 40 Days to Set You Free From Sin

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    Based on the popular spiritual healing program designed by Bob Schuchts and the John Paul II Healing Center, Lenten Healing offers a twist to traditional Lenten fasting: instead of giving up chocolate, give up your sin. This daily Lenten devotional offers a unique approach to fasting, helping you reexamine the psychological and spiritual roots of sin in your life while sharing reflections and prayer exercises for overcoming sinful habits and acquiring virtuous ones.

    Lent is the ideal time to identify and address "spiritual blind spots"--unacknowledged emotional wounds and false ideas that hinder your prayer life and worship.

    During each week of Lent, Ken Kniepmann of the John Paul II Healing Center breaks open one of the seven deadly sins (pride, lust, gluttony, sloth, anger, envy, and greed) and its corresponding virtue (humility, chastity, abstinence, diligence, patience, kindness, and liberality). You'll start by learning about the sin and how it manifests itself in daily life and thought patterns. Then you'll move into reflection and prayer exercises that guide you through the process of renouncing that week's sin and resolving to adopt that week's virtue.

    Fasting, the practice of giving up pleasures or comforts, allows us to grow in holiness by putting our desires to a kind of death. Obvious examples include giving up a habit such as a favorite food, sleeping in, or late-night TV--but what happens when you try to give up your sins while recognizing the deeper reasons you commit them in the first place? By seeing those connections and praying specifically for God's insight, healing, and revelation, you'll be able to experience God's mercy and love to a greater capacity.

    Kniepmann helps you see how the depth of Catholic teaching is connected to your daily life. Sin isn't just an activity; it is a place of the heart (the interior life) and the movement of the heart (toward or away from sin) as related to thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. By the time Easter arrives, you'll possess a deeper understanding of sin and emotional wounds as impediments to intimacy with God and come away with tangible, practical tools for addressing those impediments in your life.

    Lenten Journey with Mother Mary

    Lenten Journey with Mother Mary

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    A Lenten Journey with Mother Mary invites you to walk with the world's singular model of faith and purity -- the Virgin Mary herself -- each day of your Lenten spiritual pilgrimage to Easter. Here the enlightened Fr. Edward Looney presents Mary's messages one by one, dedicating each week of Lent to an overarching theme from her apparitions and drawing from each a vibrant new spiritual lesson for your life.
    Little Way of Lent Meditations in the Spirit of St. Therese of Lisieux

    Little Way of Lent Meditations in the Spirit of St. Therese of Lisieux

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    Lent is not meant to foster morbid gloominess and debilitating self-loathing, but to thrust us into the heart of Divine love.--From the Introduction

    While reading the autobiography of St. Thérèse, Fr. Caster had an 'ah ha' moment that transformed his experience of Lent from one of narrow concern over what to give up to one of joyful freedom to enter into the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ. "What struck me," he says, "was her insistence on the way we do things for God and not the things we do for him. It wasn't about what I was offering; it was about why." The daily Lenten meditations in this book--all colored by St. Thérèse's Little Way of Spiritual Childhood--will transform you, too, helping you focus not so much on what you have done to offend God, but on what he has done to redeem you.

    The audio edition of this book can be downloaded via Audible.

    Live Lent at Home Daily Prayers and Activities for Families

    Live Lent at Home Daily Prayers and Activities for Families

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    This day-by-day book for families is a perfect companion for the season of Lent. Each week begins with a Sunday Gospel reflection for parents and children to read together, followed by daily reflections, activities, and simple prayers for a meaningful, fruitful Lent. With the busy lives of today's families in mind, Paige Byrne Shortal has created an inspirational and useful book that every family member will find enriching.

    Meditations for Lent

    Meditations for Lent

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    By reading and meditating briefly on just one of these reflections each day in Lent, Bishop Bossuet's eloquence will soon have you not merely remembering the events of Christ's journey to His Crucifixion; it will have you spiritually walking with Him on that journey . . . which is precisely what we are called to do in Lent!
    Pain of Christ and the Sorrow of God

    Pain of Christ and the Sorrow of God

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    Classic Lenten meditations from the pen of an extraordinarily reflective master of the written word.

     “It is not merely penance that the Church asks of us during Lent. It is extra prayer.”

    Some preachers are more notable than others. Fr. Gerald Vann, O.P., was ordained in 1929 at the remarkable age of twenty-three in a Dominican Order known for its careful discrimination about its candidates. Despite fame both in his native England and in the United States, his brilliant and accessible writing has largely disappeared from view.

    Of great significance is this compendium of Lenten inspirations. In seven chapters marked by originality and striking clarity, Fr. Vann gets under the rind and into the heart of every aspect of Christ’s Passion. You’ll learn:

    • What the Agony in the Garden tells us about our own struggles, sorrows, and sins

    • What Christ’s betrayal reveals about the depth of our love, faith, and devotion

    • How the scourging teaches us to rule our flesh, rather than letting it rule us 

    • How we can replicate the stillness of Mary in our lives

    • Ways we can prepare for and withstand the Valley of the Shadow of Death

    • What the difference between the two thieves teaches us about the glory of God

    • How, through the sorrow of God, the world is renewed

    Fr. Vann emphasizes that in neither our spiritual lives nor our lives in the world can we ignore a crucial aphorism that will play a role in determining our destiny: “the importance of small things.” He draws out a plan for noticing, appreciating, and prospering from these simple treasures.

    Prayerfully we Prepare - A Lenten Examination of Conscience

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    Praying Freedom A Book of Lenten Meditations

    Praying Freedom A Book of Lenten Meditations

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    With meditations, imaginative techniques, and prayer exercises, Praying Freedom is a Lenten devotional book that can help improve your prayer life and guide you towards spiritual freedom.

    In Praying Freedom, author Vinita Hampton Wright discusses how being spiritually free requires self-awareness and prayer, imagination as well as good intention, and practical activity in addition to belief. Through Ignatian spirituality principles, imaginative techniques, and the power of God's grace, we can become more spiritually mature and free to live as God wants us to live.

    Praying Lent Renewing Our Lives on the Lenten Journey

    Praying Lent Renewing Our Lives on the Lenten Journey

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    An introduction to Lenten prayer as a path to spiritual renewal. Lent can be wonderful time of spiritual renewal, however for many, Lent and Lenten prayer is often thought of as an "ordeal." What can often be overlooked amid Lenten observances, such as fasting, abstinence, or the common tradition of giving something up, is the opportunity Lent presents, through Lenten prayer and preparation, to deepen our commitment to a way of life rooted in our baptism. Praying Lent: Renewing Our Lives on the Lenten Journey reminds the reader that if we focus too much on what we give up we may miss the message of what God wants to give us during this grace-filled time. Created in partnership with Creighton University's popular Online Ministries, Praying Lent provides readers with a rich, full, and transformative Lenten prayer experience, one in which hearts, minds, and lives are truly renewed as Lent takes on a far deeper and more meaningful purpose.
    Praying the Stations Mary's Way of the Cross

    Praying the Stations Mary's Way of the Cross

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    Each booklet below is tailored to a specific audience and can be used year after year. These economical booklets are appropriate for group and/or individual use.

    Praying the stations of Mercy with Pope Francis

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    Restore guided Lent Journal for prayer and meditation

    Restore guided Lent Journal for prayer and meditation

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    Follow the Lord into the depths of your heart this Lent and you will never be the same.

    Take a healing journey with Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, as she helps you turn away from what wounds you and toward God who heals you and makes you whole.

    In this beautiful guided journal for prayer and meditation, Sr. Miriam invites you to meet the tenderness of God's mercy, the power of his love, and the restoration of your heart and life as you practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

    Restore features stunning original art by Valerie Delgado of Pax.Valerie along with daily meditations on a passage from scripture, reflection questions, guided prayer, and space for journaling and notetaking.

    Throughout Lent, you'll move through four different phases of healing, focusing on traditional Lenten practices:

    1. Prayer is the means of healing our relationship with God.
    2. Fasting disciplines us in healing our relationship with ourselves.
    3. Almsgiving leads us to healing our relationships with others.
    4. Sacrifice shows us the path to heaven and union with God.

    If you enter into Lent with Christ, your heart will see more clearly, be pierced more easily, love more strongly, and serve more passionately. Jesus will be etched into the crevasses of your being.

    Restore is perfect for both individual and group use. Free companion videos and a downloadable leader's guide are available at avemariapress.com.

    Roman Pilgrimage The Station Churches

    Roman Pilgrimage The Station Churches

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    A preeminent scholar of Catholicism transports readers to Rome for the traditional station churches pilgrimage, offering a vivid and informative guide to the Eternal City and the Lenten season.

    The annual Lenten pilgrimage to dozens of Rome's most striking churches is a sacred tradition dating back almost two millennia, to the earliest days of Christianity. Along this historic spiritual pathway, today's pilgrims confront the mysteries of the Christian faith through a program of biblical and early Christian readings amplified by some of the greatest art and architecture of western civilization.

    In Roman Pilgrimage, bestselling theologian and papal biographer George Weigel, art historian Elizabeth Lev, and photographer Stephen Weigel lead readers through this unique religious and aesthetic journey with magnificent photographs and revealing commentaries on the pilgrimage's liturgies, art, and architecture. Through reflections on each day's readings about faith and doubt, heroism and weakness, self-examination and conversion, sin and grace, Rome's familiar sites take on a new resonance. And along that same historical path, typically unexplored treasures-artifacts of ancient history and hidden artistic wonders-appear in their original luster, revealing new dimensions of one of the world's most intriguing and multi-layered cities.

    A compelling guide to the Eternal City, the Lenten Season, and the itinerary of conversion that is Christian life throughout the year, Roman Pilgrimage reminds readers that the imitation of Christ through faith, hope, and love is the template of all true discipleship, as the exquisite beauty of the Roman station churches invites reflection on the deepest truths of Christianity.

    Sacred Heart for Lent

    Sacred Heart for Lent

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    Lent calls us to self-examination and mindfulness. Drawing on the mystery of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fr. Williams begins each day of the season with a passage from Scripture. His insightful reflection leads to a succinct, powerful prayer. Use this elegant collection of daily meditations to explore how serious lenten observance and warm devotion to the Sacred Heart complement and inform each other.
    Simplifying the Soul

    Simplifying the Soul

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    Invited readers to de-clutter their minds, hearts, relationships, and souls in a book of daily Lenten practices woven from the gospels, the Desert Fathers, and the author's own wealth of spiritual experience.