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7 Apps to Help You Do Lent Right


Zelda Caldwell - published on 02/19/15

Face it: we will listen to our phones if all else fails

Remember that Lent when you decided you wouldn’t give up anything, but you would have a really authentic Lent with a disciplined regimen of daily prayer and spiritual reading. Yeah, that didn’t go so well. A good Lent means starting with a
plan. What better way to carry it out than with an app to remind you of your best intentions? Here are 7 mostly free apps to help you out:

Lentsanity: Helpful reminders not to eat meat on Fridays along with daily reflections. Created with youngish folk  in mind, but will be appreciated by immature, older penitents as well.  Free app. 

2. Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl: This app helps you track your sacrifices and offers daily reflections and meatless recipes for Lent. Free app.

xt3 Lent Calendar: From the Catholic Church in Sydney, Australia, this Lenten Calendar starts today, and in the style of an Advent calendar, features daily reflections, readings and art and images from indigenous Australians. Free app.

Magnificat: If you subscribe to
Magnificat, you know that the
Magnificat Lenten companion is all you really need. It’s also the only one we’ve listed here that’s not free. Liturgy, prayers and daily reflections, and more for $1.99. 

Truth and Life Bible App.Try the 40 Day Challenge – read the four gospels during Lent. Added bonus: dramatized audio for the Gospel of Mark, with professional actors and real sound effects.  Free app.

40 Day Spiritual Workout. Designed by the Franciscan University of Steubenville especially for teens to help them make prayer a part of their lives. Cleverly mimics a gym workout app. Free. 

7. Your Smartphone. The clever folks at have pointed out that you can use the apps already on your
phone to make the most of Lent. Try setting alarms to pray, go to Holy Hour, or wake up to prayerful music. Free.

Zelda Caldwell
is Managing Editor of English Aleteia.
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