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Lent 2019 Resources for the Whole Family

We are fast approaching Lent 2019! Ash Wednesday is on March 6th this year. So in preparation for the upcoming Liturgical Season, I’d like to share with you some of the books that I am going to read this Lent. Links to all of the items I mention can be found at the bottom of this post, the links will take you to either amazon.ca or amazon.com.

For the past few years every Lent I read two books in specific.

One is The Little Way of Lent: Meditations in the Spirit of St. Therese of Lisieux by Father Gary Caster. Here is a link to the paperback version, I use the Kindle version which you can find here or if you are more of an audiobook person you can find it here.

I really love this book. The Little Way of Lent by Fr. Gary Caster is a day by day reflection on the First Reading and Gospel for the day. It also includes quotes from Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux. Sunday reflections are broken into Cycle A, B, and C so that you can reuse this book every Lent (We are Cycle C this year) The reflections aren’t very long, which makes it easier to stick with it for all of Lent.

You begin by reading the Daily Readings. To make them easy to find you can either get the Laudate app for your phone or tablet, or you follow this link: Scroll to the bottom of the page and you should find this:

The other book I use every Lent, which is actually perfect for the whole family, is Bringing Lent Home with St. Therese of Lisieux by Donna Marie Copper O’Boyle.

The paperback version is under $5.00 and the kindle version costs even less. Donna Marie Copper O’Boyle also has written Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa, Bringing Lent Home with St. Pope John Paul II, and Bringing Lent Home with Pope Francis.

The day by day layout, starting Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter Sunday, presented in all of the Bringing Lent Home books is simple and family friendly.

It begins with a quote from the Saint ( or Pope Francis as it may be).

The next section is a Parent Reflection which is usually only one or two paragraphs long

Next is a Family Prayer. The prayer begins with a nice short prayer that’s different every time, read by a parent. Then there is a quotation that can be read by either a parent or child.

After the prayer is a bit about the Saint’s life. It normally only a few paragraphs long, and is geared towards the whole family.

At the very end, there are some suggestions for fasting and almsgiving for the day. It might be fasting from arguing, or negativity, and giving your time to someone else. It closes with a prayer.

I mentioned the Laudate app above. In case you haven’t heard of it, it is an excellent app to have for the Daily Readings and Saint of the Day. You can get it for android or apple devices.

It has everything from the Daily Readings, Saint of the Day, the Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Common Prayers, The Stations of the Cross and much more!

I hope you find these resources helpful! Links to all of the items I mentioned can be found at the bottom of this post. The links will take you to amazon.ca and amazon.com.

I will share a post soon, containing lots of great Catholic books for kids to read during this Lent season, so look out for that!

For your convenience is a list of links for all of the items I mentioned above:

The Little Way of Lent by Fr. Gary Castor

From amazon.ca:

From amazon.com

Bringing Lent Home with Series by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

From amazon.ca

From amazon.com

Laudate app:

Google play store or apple store.

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