Sunday 1 February 2015

Thinking About Lent 2015

Thinking About Lent 2015

Lent beings in 18 days, but to be honest I have been thinking about it since Christmas. Many years I have made reading plans for lent, chosen to give up one or more thing, chocolate, meat, coffee, … over the years I have had more focused or less focused times of reflection through lent. This year as I turn 45 for some reason lent has had a greater focus in my thoughts and prayers leading into this holy season. This year I will be doing a few things to focus on body, mind and spiritual development throughout the 40 days of lent.

Best Lent Ever - Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly has a challenge out to make this the best lent ever. And he is begging you not to give up chocolate. Check out his promotional video and sign up for the daily emails throughout Lent!

Lenten Companion - Lent 2015
The Magnificat
February 18th-April 5th
Ed. Father Peter John Cameron, O.P.
eISBN 9781941709016

I have used the Magnificat Lent and Advent books the last few years. They are always nourishing to the spirit, and often a challenge to action and change. The eBooks are very reasonable priced and are worth the effort for the daily readings.

Sacred Space for Lent 2015
The Irish Jesuits
Ave Maria Press
ISBN 9781594715549
eISBN 9781594715556

I stumbled upon this while searching for the ebook above. It looked really interesting and I decided to add it to this year's readings. I will read one in the morning and another in the evening.

Everyone's Way Of the Cross
Clarence Enzler (Author)
Annika Nelson and Gertrude Mueller Nelson (Illustrators)
Ave Maria Press
ISBN 9781594714306
eISBN 9781594714559

I remember the older version of this from my childhood. I still have the paper edition of Everyman's way of the cross before the language was made more inclusive. I grabbed the ebook of this also to have on hand for lent this year. I look forward to this devotion again.

7 Ways to Practice Lent
Joe Paprocki, DMin
Loyola Press

Right now in preparation I am reading this book which is currently available for free. It is an interesting read so far. And for the price how can you not check it out. It is interesting in that it looks the history and practice of each of the 7 ways:
1. Ash Wednesday
2. Prayer
3. Fasting
4. Almsgiving
5. Reconciliation
6. Stations of the Cross
7. Holy Week
But give examples from grade school to adult for how to practice these traditions.

So those are my thoughts as we head into this season, what are yours?

Other Article or Books on Lent:
Lent 2014 Some Reflections
Reconciled to God Daily Lenten Devotions - Amy Welborn
Magnificat Lenten Companion 2012
In Conversation With God Volume 2 Lent and Eastertide - Francis Fernandez Carvajal
Lenten Preparation 2007
Holy Week Reflections 2007
Lent Readings 2006
The Way of the Cross Part II - Reviews of 5 more version
The Way of the Cross Part I - Reviews of 5 different versions

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