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10 Catholic studies and devotionals worth your time this Lent 

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Theresa Civantos Barber - published on 02/10/23

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Looking for a really wonderful way to dive deeper into your faith and reconnect with Christ this Lent? Look no further than these Bible studies and devotionals!

Holy Is His Name, with Dr. Scott Hahn

In this new online Bible study made for Lent 2023, Scott Hahn traces the meaning of holiness from its origins in Scripture to its appearance in our own lives today. It’s a powerful way to experience the transformative power of God’s holiness.

With 12 beautifully produced video lessons and a colorful and comprehensive study guide, Holy Is His Name is a real gem. Best of all, it’s totally free!

No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion

Filmed on location in the Holy Land, No Greater Love is a biblical pilgrimage that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us. Best-selling author Edward Sri guides viewers through the last hours of Christ’s life, walking step-by-step with Jesus from the garden of Gethsemane to Mount Calvary. Every step of the way, Old Testament prophecies, messianic expectations, biblical symbolism, and historical context shed light on the mystery of Christ’s suffering and death. 

Presented in five 30-minute videos, No Greater Love also features Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jeff Cavins, Jennifer Fulwiler, Curtis Martin, Teresa Tomeo, Fr. Josh Johnson, and Elizabeth Sri.

Aquinas’s Lenten Meditations: 40 days with the Angelic Doctor

Unrivaled spiritual master St. Thomas Aquinas guides readers in encountering Our Lord and experiencing a fruitful Lent in this magnificent treasury of 63 of Aquinas’s Scripture-based sermons specially selected for the holy season. 

Restore: A Guided Lent Journal for Prayer and Meditation

Take a healing journey with Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, as she helps you turn away from what wounds you and toward God who heals you and makes you whole.

In this beautiful guided journal for prayer and meditation, Sr. Miriam invites you to meet the tenderness of God’s mercy, the power of his love, and the restoration of your heart and life as you practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

The Ascension Lenten Companion: A Personal Encounter with the Power of the Gospel

This daily prayer resource helps readers discover what God is offering them this Lent. Each day includes a word, a scripture passage, a short meditation, and a prayer prompt. These can guide readers to rediscover a lived personal relationship with God as they journey through Lent. 

This companion is accompanied by supplemental videos that can be found online or as DVDs.

The Lent and Easter Wisdom series

If you haven’t heard of this series before, prepare to become as obsessed as we are! The series features the writings of great saints and theologians, crafted into beautiful seasonal meditations.

We’d recommend any title in the series, but perhaps Lent and Easter Wisdom from Pope John Paul II or Lent and Easter Wisdom from St. Thérèse of Lisieux would be great ones with which to start.

In Conversation With God: Volume 2, Lent and Eastertide

The writings of great saints fill these focused and moving meditations on themes taken from the Mass readings for that day, the liturgical season, and more. 

The Way of the Cross by Caryll Houselander

This imaginative re-creation of the Passion and Death of Our Lord brings a drama of anguish and tragedy to our awareness, all while showing us the Passion reflected in all human suffering. 

These profound meditations on the Stations of the Cross allow the reader to walk in the footsteps of Christ on that distant yet ever-present Good Friday.

Rediscover Lent by Matthew Kelly

Fuel your Lenten spiritual journey with this little book of daily prayers and reflections designed to help you grow in your faith.

Blessed is She’s New Wine

Every year, Blessed Is She releases a new Lenten devotional. This one is New Wine: “New Wine always involves a crushing. A death before the new thing. This Lent is all about entering into Our Lord’s suffering, sacrifice, and crushing to become New Wine.”

Would you like some general spiritual reading this Lent, perhaps focused on the life of Jesus Christ? 

Here are a few more great books for spiritual reading this Lent!

  • The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri Nouwen
  • This Present Paradise A Spiritual Journey with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity by Claire Dwyer
  • Be Transformed: The Healing Power of the Sacraments by Bob Schuchts (follow along with this book at the Abiding Together podcast this Lent!)
  • The Essential Lenten Handbook by the Redemptorists
  • Meditations for Lent by Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet
  • Education in Virtue: Lenten Journal
  • The Paschal Mystery of Christ by Sr. John Dominic Rasmussen, O.P.
  • Reflections On The Passion by Charles Hugo Doyle
  • Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI
  • The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
  • The School of Jesus Crucified by Fr. Ignatius of the Side of Jesus
  • He Leadeth Me by Walter J. Ciszek
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