Often in the spiritual life we need a little guidance. We set aside time every day to pray, but we simply don’t know where to begin. Or we may have read all the spiritual books on our shelves and are out of ideas for what to read next for daily inspiration.
Look no further. If you are interested in short digestible readings that feed the soul during the Lenten season, you have come to the right place.
Douglas Leonard has written another, “Sacred Reading” guide for Lent 2018. Leonard provides an easy to use guide to lectio divina (divine reading) that takes a reader into the daily Scripture readings at Mass and helps them enter in. The book incorporates this ancient practice of the Church in a way that allows anyone to pick it up and immerse themselves in Scripture on a daily basis. (Note: Besides Lent, there is also a similar guide for the whole year and currently Ave Maria Press is selling it for only $7!)
Here is the description of the book from the publisher:
Let the Apostleship of Prayer (The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network) be your guide during Lent by helping you deepen your prayer life in the most solemn season of the year. This powerful prayer book—based on the traditional spiritual practice of lectio divina (sacred reading)—will engage and inspire you with the Church’s daily scripture readings from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday.
Helping you enter into the most important season of the year, Sacred Reading for Lent 2018 provides opportunities for you to listen to God’s Word, prayerfully respond, and explore ways the gospel reading can be applied to your daily life.
Using a six-step process, the booklet will guide you through the Church’s daily Lenten 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; and
-ask God to show you how to live today.
Beginning with Ash Wednesday and continuing through Easter, this book is a catalyst for an intimate encounter with Christ by reading, reflecting, praying, and responding to the Word of God in a way that is both familiar and fresh.
If you (or a parish) are looking for something new and different every day of Lent that fills that spiritual tank, check out Sacred Reading for Lent!