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Lent is a sacred time of the year. On the surface, many cringe at the thought of Lent approaching, but deep down, faithful Christians anticipate this holy time with hopefulness that it will produce good fruit in their lives.

Recall Jesus saying, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13–14). Entering through that “narrow gate” is a path that requires resolve and sacrificial love. In order to take that constricted and challenging road, we must face difficult aspects of our lives, including our sins.

This book offers reflections for the Lenten season that are based on Jesus’ forty days in the desert. Beginning with Jesus’ time preparing for His ministry, meditations on the seven capital sins and Holy Week complete the forty days. In addition, since Lent lasts more than forty days when Sundays are counted, separate reflections for every Sunday of Lent are included.

Daily Reflections for Lent:

Introduction

Gospel for the Initial Reflections

Day One: Journeying With Our Lord—Ash Wednesday

Day Two: The Desert—Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Day Three: Sacrifice—Friday after Ash Wednesday

Day Four: Dryness—Saturday after Ash Wednesday

First Sunday in Lent: Hunger

Day Five: Barrenness—Monday of the First Week of Lent

Day Six: Solitude—Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Day Seven: Heat—Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

Day Eight: Thirst—Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Day Nine: Penance—Friday of the First Week of Lent

Day Ten: Tempter—Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent: Contrast

Day Eleven: Creation—Monday of the Second Week of Lent

Day Twelve: Perseverance—Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

Day Thirteen: Identity—Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Day Fourteen: Presumption—Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Day Fifteen: Power—Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Day Sixteen: The Word of God—Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

Third Sunday of Lent: Living Water

Day Seventeen: Sacred Places—Monday of the Third Week of Lent

Day Eighteen: Empty Glory—Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

Day Nineteen: False Presumptions—Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

Day Twenty: Distortions—Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Day Twenty-One: Tempting God—Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Day Twenty-Two: Joy—Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Sight

Day Twenty-Three: True Heights—Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Day Twenty-Four: Idols—Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Day Twenty-Five: Worship—Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Day Twenty-Six: Angels—Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Day Twenty-Seven: Sloth or Diligence?—Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Day Twenty-Eight: Envy or Joy?—Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent: Weeping

Day Twenty-Nine: Gluttony or Self-Control?—Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Day Thirty: Anger or Patience?—Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Day Thirty-One: Greed or Generosity?—Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Day Thirty-Two: Lust or Purity?—Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Day Thirty-Three: Pride—Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Day Thirty-Four: Reconciliation—Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion: Holy Week

Day Thirty-Five: Devotion—Monday of Holy Week

Day Thirty-Six: Betrayal—Tuesday of Holy Week

Day Thirty-Seven: Denial—Wednesday of Holy Week

Day Thirty-Eight: The Eucharist—Holy Thursday

Day Thirty-Nine: Death—Good Friday

Day Forty: Hopeful Anticipation—Holy Saturday

Easter Sunday Reflection

See also:
40 Days at the Foot of the Cross:
A Gaze of Love from the Heart of Our Blessed Mother

All Lent & Easter Resources


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