“The season of Lent during this Jubilee Year should also be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy.” – Pope Francis.
Pope Francis has made relating Jesus’ teachings on mercy one of his top priorities. Combining the wisdom and humility of Pope Francis with prayers from Fr. Warren J. Savage, the book Living Lent With Mercy will touch your heart, prompt deep reflection and spark a desire to grow closer to the Lord, one day at a time.48 pages, (PF4) $1.49
While Lent may feel like it is only about our regrets, sufferings, and disappointments, Pope Francis tells us Lent means much more in his book Lent and Easter Wisdom from Pope Francis. Reflect on the powerful words of Pope Francis, and the accompanying Scripture, prayer, and actions every day of the Lenten and Easter season. Make the journey from suffering toward the healing and transformation found in the Resurrection. (G2968)128-page paperback $11.99
Pope Francis’ booklet Living Lent with Passion (PF2) is a also starting point for prayer. Each day includes a suggested Scripture reading, most often from the day’s Mass. (PF2) 48 pages softcover, $1.95 www.printeryhouse.org
“But He was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the Lord laid upon Him the guilt of us all.” (Isaiah 53:5-6)
Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a season of penance, prayer, and reflection. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. This is beautifully expressed in Psalm 51:
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your merciful love,
according to your great compassion,
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me completely from my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
Lent, a special time for reflection and spiritual growth, is fast approaching and now is a good time to order inspirational books to prepare for it.
A Wondrous Love: Daily Lenten Meditations and Prayers (LB1) is available now through The Printery House and can be a helpful Lenten companion for people to reflect on their personal life situations and to deepen their relationship with God.
Two of the most widely read and respected spiritual writers of the 20th century, Henri Nouwen and C.S. Lewis, are brought together in this Lenten daily devotional booklet. Nouwen and Lewis offer their deeply personal insights, understanding and pastoral sensitivity in this booklet that is an ideal accompaniment for the holy season of Lent.