Thursday, February 06, 2020

Looking for a Lenten Devotional?

A number of Lenten Devotionals have crossed my desk recently. With Lent right around the corner, I'm sharing the ones that caught my attention:

The Living Gospel: Daily Devotions for Lent 2020 
Deacon Greg Kendra of the Diocese of Brooklyn and The Deacon's Bench Blog offers this Lenten book designed for use for 2020. Each day offers an opening prayer, scriptural passage, reflection, suggested action, and closing prayer.

Deacon Kendra says that during Lent, "we want to return to God. We want to be home." It is a time to fan the fire of the light of Christ within us.

Living Water: Catholic Prayers for Lent - Mary Marrocco

If you are looking for a devotional you can use for one minute per day, this is the booklet for you. Each day offers a short scripture passage and prayer. It can used for any Lenten season.

Messages of Trust for Lent 2020 by Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran

Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran, both from the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland, offer scripture passages, reflections, and prayers for Lent 2020. Saturdays feature a Psalm and Sundays offer an overview of the theme for the coming week.

"As you make your way through these brief scripture passages and messages about growing in trust, we pray that you will experience the gift of disorientation. We pray that your heart will be touched and your mind will be stretched to grow.

"In turn may you receive another gift - the gift of reorientation. This occurs when we synthesize new insights and understandings with old paradigms. . . . Our minds and hearts are expanded to receive more of the blessings and grace of God."

Living Lent with Laughter and Love by Fr. Thomas J. Connery

Laughter is not the first thing I think of when I think of Lent, but Fr. Connery uses humor to teach spiritual lessons. Most of the Lenten reflections include a joke, but it always serves a greater purpose. Each day's reflection includes a scripture passage, reflection, and prayer. It can be used for any Lenten season. If you are looking for a different approach to a Lenten devotional, this one is for you.

Lent with the Saints by Connie Clark

This is billed as a Lenten devotional, but it could be used any time of year. It offers profiles of saints along with a short reflection. It will introduce or reacquaint you with these holy men and women.

"Reading about and reflecting on the often difficult, but ultimately joy-filled lives of the saints helps us to join in their joy and love for the Lord."

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