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The 2019 Handy Dandy List of Lenten Resources

The 2019 Handy Dandy List to Lenten Resources

Can you believe Lent is almost here? What better way to enter into this penitential season than to comb through our newest list of Lenten resources – along with taking a peek at our previous lists dating back to 2013? I don’t know if you’ll find a more thorough set of lists to prepare you to walk with Christ this Lent. At the end of the post you’ll find links to our previous years’ posts. So, let’s get to it, shall we? 



A 2019 complete Liturgical Catholic planner

PDF downloadable and printable from your home – print only what you need

2019 Lenten Tracker // FREE

Lenten Tracker 2019


So simple – download, print, and use to track your Lenten sacrifices with this FREE printable

courtesy of Catholic Sistas foundress Martina Kreitzer


Father Mike

Where is Lent in the Bible? 

Why Fast on Ash Wednesday?


Praying through Holy Week



this is a subscription site – ask your parish for their code to access it for free

Stations of the Cross


What’s the Deal with Ashes on Ash Wednesday?

My Beloved Son – Meditations for Lent

by Bishop Barron

The Passion of Christ: In Light of the Holy Shroud of Turin

by Fr. Francis Peffley

(fun fact – Father Peffley baptized our oldest son and many Kreitzer grandchildren) ūüôā 

The Fourth Cup

by Dr. Scott Hahn



from Catholic Blogger

12 Apostles 

by Sara J Creations

Lent in Our Catholic Home 

by Elizabeth Clare

An Illustrated Lent

 by Illustrated Children’s Ministry

Saints for Boys & Girls

by Tan Books

57 Lenten Crafts

by Felt Magnet Crafts

Lenten Activities for Children

by Laci of Catholic Icing

Stations of the Cross for Children

by Julianne M. Will


// PRAYER //

A Year with the Eucharist: Daily Meditations on the Blessed Sacrament

by Paul Jerome Keller, OP

Magnificat Lenten Companion

by Ignatius Press

Parenting with the Beatitudes: Eight Holy Habits for Daily Living

by Jeannie and Ben Ewing

Mass and Adoration Companion

by Vinny Flynn and Erin Flynn

A Year with Mary: Daily Meditations on the Mother of God

by Paul Thigpen, Ph.D.

Manual for Eucharistic Adoration

by Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, St. Joseph

Cultivating Virtue: Self Mastery with the Saints

by Tan Books

Lent and Holy Week with Mary

by Dr. Mary Amore


The 2019 Handy Dandy List of Lenten Resources1

Lenten Journal – The Paschal Mystery of Christ

by the Dominican Sisters of Mary

The 2019 Handy Dandy List of Lenten Resources1

To Hear His Voice: A Mass Journal for Children

by  Ginny Kochis

The 2019 Handy Dandy Guide to Lenten Resources

Stay Connected: A Gift of Invitation

by Allison Gingras


Manual for Spiritual Warfare

by Paul Thigpen, Ph.D.

Begone Satan: A Soul-Stirring Account of Diabolical Possession in Iowa

by Reverend Father Carl Vogl

An Exorcist Tells His Story

by Father Gabriele Amorth

An Exorcist Explains the Demonic

by Father Gabriele Amorth

An Exorcist Explains How to Heal the Possessed

by Father Paolo Carlin

Saints who Battled Satan

by Paul Thigpen, Ph.D.

Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans

by Malachi Martin

The Spiritual Combat: and a Treatise on Peace of Soul

by Lorenzo Scupoli

Deliverance Prayers: For Use by the Laity

by Father Chad A. Ripperger, Ph.D.

// STUDY //

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession


Lectio: Unveiling Scripture and Tradition


Eucharistic Miracles: And Eucharistic Phenomenon in the Lives of the Saints

by Joan Carroll Cruz

The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living

by Timothy Gallagher

Pray More Retreat

by John-Paul and Annie of Pray More Novenas


// FUNNY //

14 Memes about Lent Catholics Understand


Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage

Marriage 911

by Greg and Julie Alexander




Dovetail Ink

by Monica Welch

Luminous Moments by A

by Austyn

BC Inspirations

by Becky Cook


Yes, your church needs holy water during Lent – ESPECIALLY during Lent

More on Sacramentals

Your Guide to a Catholic Lent: Everything you need for a more spiritual Lent

from Simply Catholic


No meat can be eaten on Ash Wednesday and all of the Fridays during Lent. This applies Catholics 14 and older. 


Only one full regular sized meal is permitted on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday for Catholics between 18 and 59. Two smaller meals are permitted, but the small meals should not equal a second full meal. Drinking coffee, tea, and water between meals is allowed. Snacks between meals are not allowed. Exemptions are made, of course, for nursing mothers, the ill, and the elderly for whom fasting would severely compromise their health.


You should strive to go to confession once a month (more frequently also encouraged), but especially during Lent.

Looking for an in-depth Examination of Conscience?

Click here to download and print up a copy to use.

You can also check out the Handy Little Guide to Confession

by Ink Slinger and Catholic author Michelle Schroeder


The original list from 2013, with updates in 2014

The {Second} Handy Dandy List of 2015

The updated 2016 list of Lenten resources

2018 Handy Dandy List of Lenten Sacrifices

Lenten Archives

Season.Lent board on Pinterest

Hopefully, this list inspires you to try something new with your family or faith group, or possibly resurrect an old practice. And I hope everyone has a spiritually fulfilling Lent.

Finally, don’t forget our Annual 2019 Lenten Photo Challenge!

Domestic Church Homeschool Ink Slingers Janalin

5 Things to Consider this Homeschool Year

5 Things to Consider this Homeschool Year

I am always reading, researching, and making notes about how to improve the logistics in every area of our life.  Obviously this includes homeschooling as a central point as well!  Here are five things that we are implementing to our daily schedule and hope you consider them as well!

1) Making our home a little oratory. Prayer has always been something we have done but it hasn’t always been consistent.  This year we are setting our hearts and minds closer to God with scheduled prayer throughout the day.  St. Terese has a beautiful morning offering that we are planning on using: 

O my God ! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits ;

and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.

O my God! I ask thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will,

to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life,

so that we may one day be united together in Heaven for all Eternity. Amen.

2) Working on habits.  Up until this year I have been more of an eclectic homeschooler gathering materials from multiple sources and shaping the learning environment to best suit our family on my own.  But after spending considerable time researching the Charlotte Mason method I am now seeing the true beauty of this gentle and very intentional way of education children, specifically in the training of  habits.  I am currently reading Laying Down the Rails and highly recommend it to everyone no matter what your educational style is!!!

3) Combining our learning with a Morning Basket.  I attended my first Catholic Homeschooling Conference this year and was able to listen to Jennifer Mackintosh speak about her Morning Basket.  We have two students in grades 4 and Kindergarten this year and I longed for a way to keep our day centered around joyful combined lessons.  The concept of the Morning Basket has given me a way to achieve this in a simple and beautiful way.  You can read and “see” Jennifer’s Morning Basket on her blog here!

4) Gathering appropriate books for a “Free Reading Bin.”  We read A LOT.  Our scheduled booklist is one that goes beyond what our small town library offers and so I have been gathering used “school books” as well as free reading material when I can.  As you can see from the image in this blog post our home library has grown several times over since my last homeschool blog post! We do allow our 4th grader to choose her own Free Reading Books but like to keep a suggested list from which to choose from.  I saw a fantastic idea on a facebook group to get a bin and place the age appropriate free reading books together inside and leave out in a centralized place where your student can “browse” as needed! 

5) Spending diligent time on self care.   After our fourth child was born earlier this year it took me longer than usual to come out of the postpardum fog.  Honestly, I’m still foggy!  But this year I am making it a priority to get up an hour before the kids and spend some time on me.  I’m challenging myself to dress for “work” everyday including fixing my hair, a dab of makeup, even earrings!  Because I know that when I *do* take the time to make myself feel beautiful it trickles down to my husband, our children, and our home!

May God Bless you and your family this school year! 

Is there anything new you are implementing?



Emily Faith Formation Ink Slingers Prayer

Bear with me… it’s time to get habitual.

I’m really bad about habits.

I TRY, I really do! ¬†I’m extremely motivated and have very pure, good, and holy intentions of maintaining a routine. ¬†But, none the less I often fail.

When I first started writing here I was inspired to start a “word of the day” theme. ¬†Well, like most New Year’s Resolutions, that habit really didn’t sink in. ¬†So… I’m declaring a “DO OVER”! ¬†Right here and now. ¬†(at least… for now… we’ll see how long this lasts!)

{{{drum roll}}}
Today’s “word of the day” is BEARS.
{{cymbal crash, clank, ca-ch-ch-ch-chink}}

Yeah… there were bears. ¬†In my garage.
If you recall from my previous BAT story, I don’t get along well with wildlife in my house.

So, I guess it’s not widely known that there are bears in Florida. ¬†We actually have our own species here… the Florida Black Bear. ¬†We live very close to a local state park and our area is notorious for having these wild neighbors wandering through the neighborhoods and digging through trash cans for food.

Our neighborhood, in particular, has had a lot of recent bear activity Рso much that our neighborhood Facebook page is filled with daily sightings.  My husband, being more alert to these types of things, had been trying to remind me to keep the garage door closed Рout of concern for his family.

Well, this is where we get back to the whole topic of HABITS. ¬†I had been in the habit of mindlessly opening the garage every time I run the dryer (our dryer vents into the garage and the hot, muggy, humid air isn’t ideal to keep trapped inside the garage). ¬†It was 7:30 at night, and my husband was away working with his new business partner. ¬† Suddenly he gets a phone call on his cell phone from our neighbor, who happened to be pulling into her driveway.

“THERE ARE BEARS IN YOUR GARAGE! ¬†Two of them! ¬†And they’ve opened your¬†refrigerator! ¬†And they’re drinking MILK!”

My poor husband was so confused, because he knows he *closed* the garage before leaving, and his darling wife would *never* open it after the millions of reminders he had hoped were sinking in.

Well, long story short – our neighborhood security guard was able to scare them away and back into the woods. ¬†We only lost a few items – a gallon of milk, a gallon of tea, and a half-dozen sodas. ¬†There were huge bear paw prints on our garage refrigerator… thank goodness they hadn’t opened the freezer where we have a decent stock of meat and fish! ¬†All I know is that I will NEVER mindlessly open the garage door again, I don’t care how hot it may get in there from the dryer vent.

Forming new habits takes DISCIPLINE – or a sudden shock to your system. ¬†Lent is good – it can serve as the yearly “shock” that we need to form new spiritual habits. ¬†But, Lent doesn’t last all year. ¬†So, how DO we form new habits in our lives?

The Catholic Encyclopedia on provides some nice insights:

The main factors in the growth of habit are:

  • The number of repetitions, as every repetition strengthens the disposition left by previous exercise;
  • their frequency: too long an interval of¬†time¬†allows the disposition to weaken, whereas too short an interval fails to give sufficient rest, and results in organic and¬†mental¬†fatigue;
  • their uniformity: at least change must be slow and¬†gradual, new elements being added little by little;
  • the¬†interest¬†taken in the¬†actions, the desire to succeed, and the attention given;
  • the resulting pleasure or feeling of success which becomes associated with the¬†idea¬†of the¬†action.
Honestly, it sounds like a really rough workout routine… my muscles are already starting to ache. ¬†Unfortunately we don’t always have trainers hovering over us screaming… COME ON, ONE MORE SET! ¬†LET’S GO GO GO!!!!! ¬†We have to find ways to quietly and privately form prayerful habits during our daily routines.

As a family, we pray before meals and before bed.  We give blessings to our children and ask God to be with them as the leave for school in the mornings.  During my day I try to listen to the daily readings podcast, and maybe squeeze in a rosary or a divine mercy chaplet on my drive home from work.

Prayer seems to come naturally when we are going through turmoil or pain, but what about those moments when prayer doesn’t come easily? ¬†Having these habitual prayers in place helps when as we go through those times in our lives when our prayer lives seem to be in a drought. ¬†It becomes so ingrained in what we do on a daily basis, so that, even during those “dark nights” when we can’t seem to find the right words to say, we can at least turn to our routines for a sense of comfort.

How do you incorporate prayer into your daily routines?

And, just so you know, I have officially broken my bad habit of leaving the garage open. ¬†The bears can keep on walking… no food for you here!… And my husband can breathe a sigh of relief that I’ve FINALLY gotten the message.