If penance is what the season of Lent is all about, then prayer is the vehicle to practice it.
Only by entering into deep, intimate conversation with the Lord can we truly live out the spirit of Lent. Here are a few resources to help you make prayer a priority this Lent.
Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A do-it-yourself retreat by Father Michael Gaitley, $14.95
Written by Father Michael Gaitley, best known for his Marian consecration preparatory retreat 33 Days to Morning Glory, Consoling the Heart of Jesus follows a similar format as a do-it-yourself retreat anybody can engage in daily. The retreat combines the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius with the teachings of Sts. Therese of Lisieux, Faustina Kowlaska, and Louis de Montfort to cover all three bases of a traditional Lenten sacrifice: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Magnificat’s Lenten Companion is an easy to use, daily devotional that can assist you with more intentionally living out your Lenten sacrifices. Included in the companion are daily reflections, essays, prayers, poetry and meditations for the Way of the Cross.
Lenten Reflections from A Father Who Keeps His Promises by Scott Hahn, $13.99
Based on Scott Hahn’s bestselling book A Father Who Keeps His Promises, this daily reflection book traces salvation history and highlights key figures who from the Biblical narrative who lead us to Christ and his sacrifice for us. Daily readings, verses, prayers and reflections make this book a go-to for anybody looking for a deeper Lent experience.
Fulton J. Sheen was not one lacking in profound knowledge and insight into how Christians ought to live, and this wisdom carries over into this short and sweet devotional written by the venerable bishop. It contains 50 passages and accompanying prayers that will help readers enter more deeply into prayer this Lent.
All of these books and more can be purchased from the Catholic Company at catholiccompany.com.
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