What Do You Read During Lent?

Good morning, friends! As Ash Wednesday approaches, I’m thinking about what I will use for spiritual reading during Lent. Every year I have done something a little bit different, but my format is almost always the same: I try to read for about 15 minutes, then prayerfully reflect for a period of time, and then write in a journal. Some years I have focused on reading through a particular part of the Bible, reading a few chapters a day and using those as my spiritual reading. Another year I read “Death on a Friday Afternoon” by the wonderful Richard John Neuhaus, and another year I went slowly through “My Imitation of Christ” by Thomas a Kempis. Once I get into the rhythm of setting aside this daily time for reading, prayer, and writing, it becomes one of my favorite parts of the day!

If you have a favorite book to read during Lent, please share it with us in the Comments! And don’t forget, now is the time to “prepare for the race“!

May God bless you and your family this week! Mary, Mother of Hope, pray for us!

  • Kathy

    We use the Little Black Book that our Altar Rosary Society sells each year. It is designed to start 3 days before Lent and has a meditation for everyday that takes about 6 minutes. It can be used personally or for a family devotion. There are also little historic and cultural notes about the season and religious traditions – very interesting. There is also a Little Blue Book that is used for advent.

  • Mary Alice

    Magnificat has a book for Lent and I think it may be available as an app this year. But I also love your idea of reading a spiritual classic.

    • maryalice

      I did just download the Magnificat Lenten App — it was 99 cents and includes readings for the day, daily prayers and meditations. I think it will be very helpful for me!

  • Juris Mater

    Thank you for this topic, Kat. I haven’t been at all intentional yet in planning what I’ll read. But that will make it a much more meaningful Lent. Thank you!

  • http://krazykflyinginformation.blogspot.com/ Suzi Kapuschinsky

    Thank you for this. I have just downloaded the app. I have committed to the daily readings (I believe that one of the Builders once recommended the iMissal app that I now also own), more prayer and a Bible study that I found at fisheaters.com. I have also given up FB; the one vice that keeps me from doing all of the things that I should be doing.

    Many blessings to each of you during this Lenten season. It is my favorite time of year.

    • maryalice

      I am enjoying the app, too. I have tried to give up FB several times and admit that I just can’t shake it. I did remove it from my phone, though, so at least I am only checking it in the evening after the kids are in bed, which is progress.


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