Lent is a great season in the Church's calendar to renew our efforts to draw closer to God. It is often suggested to find a good spiritual book to read throughout Lent that will challenge you and deepen your relationship with Jesus.
One suggestion, if you have not already chosen your spiritual reading, is to pick up our very own Sacred Reading for Lent by Douglas Leonard. Some of you may already have his book for the entire year, Sacred Reading for 2017, but for those who do not, Sacred Reading for Lent will become a welcome guide that helps you mine the depths of Sacred Scripture.
Here is an excellent description of the book from the publisher:
This powerful Lenten prayer book from the Apostleship of Prayer (The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network) engages and inspires readers with the Church's daily scripture readings from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, introducing Catholics and other Christians to the traditional spiritual devotion known as lectio divina, or “sacred reading,” in a new way.
Lent is a season of solemn repentance that leads to the most important celebration of the Catholic Church year, the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday. The Apostleship of Prayer—an international Jesuit prayer ministry—leads you through the season in an accessible, six-step process that will help create moments of serenity during your busy day so you can listen to God’s Word, prayerfully respond, and easily explore ways the gospel reading can be applied to your daily life.
Sacred Reading for Lent 2017 is inspired by Ignatian spirituality and guides you through the Church's daily gospel readings as well as readings for solemnities and feast days, asking you to
- know that God is present
- read the gospel
- notice what you think and feel
- pray for yourself and others
- listen to Jesus
- ask God to show you how to live today
This book series is a catalyst for an intimate encounter with Christ through reading, reflecting, praying, and responding to the Word of God in a way that is both familiar and fresh. It is a perfect, affordable resource for parish distribution.
Features & Benefits
- Ideal for parish-wide distribution during Lent.
- In its first year, the Sacred Reading series sold more than 38,000 copies.
In the end, you won't be disappointed, so I encourage you to consider picking up this worthy book as an excellent choice for your spiritual reading for Lent.