Your {Second} Handy-Dandy List to Lenten Sacrifices

Your {Second} Handy-Dandy List to Lenten Sacrifices

In February of 2013 I put together the original “Handy-dandy” list for Catholic Sistas: Your Handy-Dandy List to Lenten Sacrifices. It has been one of our more popular lists ever since. Last year we linked to it and made a few quick updates, but this year I wanted to create a new version. Version 2.o? Or, second edition? Or, first revised edition? (Yes, I’m a librarian.) Either way, the following list of updates for 2015 does not replace the earlier list but will just add to it. Ah, so maybe this is what we call a “supplement.” (Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the librarianese.)

Whatever you want to call this, it is still a handy-dandy list that builds on our earlier list. Definitely go back to the old one because most of the suggestions there are timeless. Then come back here for even more.

Book Suggestions (All suggestions are based on book reviews or the reputation of the publisher.)
Lenten (and other Catholic) apps

Let me first say that I like apps that are free. If you do, too, then this list is for you. There are lots of Catholic apps available for use throughout the year. Here are a just a couple that would make great additions to your spiritual journey through Lent.

  • DGEMS (Daily Gospel eMessages) has been a great tool for me for reading the Gospel each day along with a short reflection and some Gospel pointers. You could very easily use it for personal lection divina by reading the Gospel first, then the reflection, the Gospel again, and then the pointers. Or whichever order works best for you. I also like that it has alarms you can set. I have one set in the evening to read the next day’s Gospel and another alarm in the morning to read that day’s Gospel. I set both in case I didn’t get to one, I’d hopefully get to it the second time. The translation is a little different than what I’m used to and the reflection is sometimes clunky, but it’s not bothered me enough yet to give up on this app. It’s free and available for both Apple iOS 6.1 or later and Android.
  • From the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) Lentsanity is a free app containing articles, reflections, something called the “Meat Police,” and more. It’s geared toward a younger crowd (younger than me, anyway) but on first glance it looks like anyone could benefit from the info here. Available on both Apple iOS and Android. Hat tip to Sarah Reinhard for the suggestion.
Other Media
  • Once again Catholic Sistas is hosting a Lenten Photo Challenge. This is a media event that you can participate in as well. Check out this post HERE for all the details. (FYI, you do not have to be on Instagram to participate, a fact I was not aware of until I just asked myself a few days ago.)
  • Are you a fan of Fr. Robert Barron (Word on Fire, The Catholicism Series)? He is once again offering daily  email reflections throughout Lent. You can sign up HERE.
  • Matthew Kelly also has a daily email you can receive to help your journey through Lent. Through his ministry at Dynamic Catholic you can sign up for the “Best Lent Ever” program and receive emails and short video clips each day of Lent.
  • Check out the Lenten Resources from Relevant Radio which includes daily prayers, podcasts, a Stations of the Cross, and much, much more. While you’re there, download their free app so you can listen to their station wherever you are.
  • Mayslake Ministries will be having an online Bible Study for Women each Wednesday of Lent beginning on Ash Wednesday. Subscribe to their You Tube Channel to get the notifications.
  • Interested in starting to pray the Liturgy of the Hours? Lent is a great time to start by adding in just one (like Morning Prayer). There are plenty of apps that contain the Divine Office. I also just recently found them on podcast. This Divine Office, Liturgy of the Hours podcast available on iTunes has all the various hours and the Office of Readings. if you search for it on iTunes you will also find the individual podcasts for particular hours (Morning Prayer, Mid-day Prayer, Office of Readings, etc.). I prefer the individual podcasts since I know I won’t ever get to pray all of them throughout the day. But I like that with the podcast I can download it to my iPod and then listen and pray along in my car, walking to my office, or during a lunch break.
Lent in the Home (children, families, crafts, and much more)

There are so many things you can do during Lent in your home with children, traditions to start, crafts to do, and much more. So many, in fact, that I could never list them all. Luckily, some wonderful Catholic bloggers have already shared their Lenten practices with children and their families, so go check out their blogs and tell them we sent you.

Meatless Meals 

I don’t know about you, but making a meatless meal for my family is not normally a big deal … until you have to do it and then your mind draws a blank. But that’s okay. Here are some resources to help you during those moments.

  • A blog post from “a blog for my mom”: 25 Meatless Meals for Lent.
  • Check out the Catholic Sistas Pinterest Board: Foods.Meals.Meatless.
  • The CRS Rice Bowl Project has links to recipes on their website. Want to try a meatless meal from around the world? Visit the link HERE to see what recipes they have up for this year.
  • Join us on our Facebook fan page each afternoon for our daily What’s For Dinner? threads #WFD and find good ideas from fellow followers!

Phew! That is a lot of stuff. Lent is a penitential season in which we should be focusing on growing closer to Christ through prayer, alms giving, and fasting. Whatever you choose to do during this season, whether from a suggestion here or from our previous list, just make sure it is being done in the right spirit.

SOUND OFF: Do you have a link to add to the list? Add it in the comments below!

I wish you all a Lent full of blessings and may it bring you to a joyful Easter by the end!