Lenten Season is not just about giving up something we are attached to, it is also a time for spiritual reflection. It is in this period that we, Catholics, take time to read books to have a profound understanding of our faith and to strengthen our relationship with God. To help you, we have compiled a list of the best Catholic Books for Lent you must read. These references cover various topics, from meditations on the passion of Christ to spiritual guidance for living a holy life. Whether you are a practicing Catholic or just new to the faith, these books offer inspiration for your Lenten journey.
Here are the best Catholic Books for Lent.
The Way of the Cross
Let’s start with the classic. This book from St. Alphonsus Liguori is a lenten devotional that guides the readers through the fourteen (14) meditations corresponding to the 14 Stations of the Cross. In each section, St. Alphonsus reflects on the passion of Jesus, encouraging the readers to be present in each scene, and apply it to their lives. The meditations are supported by the bible passages and prayers for a more personal encounter with the Lord. The writing style is straightforward, simple, and easy to follow. This is the best Catholic book for Lent!
Praying with Jesus and Faustina During Lent And in Times of Suffering
Known as the Secretary of Divine Mercy, St. Faustina has some of the best reflections on the Passion of Christ which is perfect for the lenten season. This book by Susan Tassone presents daily lenten meditations to participate in St. Faustina’s vision of Christ’s passion. It will lead you through the prayers on the Way of the Cross, Christ’s Wounds, and on the Blessed Virgin Mary’s sorrow. The book is easy to read and compact. Not only that is only applicable for lent but also in times of suffering. It will accompany you to get through your struggles. Highly recommended!
Lent: One Day at a Time for Catholic Teens
From its title, this book is a powerful lenten resource for the Catholic youth. It is made to be simple and not overwhelming. It contains daily passages and prayers which are short for quick reading. The reflections are also thoughtful and relatable making them accessible to teens. It also has challenges that are unique, practical, and impactful pushing the readers to connect and experience the real meaning of lent. Overall, a powerful tool that will surely meet the Catholic teens where they at and help lent be more meaningful to them. A must-have!
Lent Catholic Prayerbook: Daily Readings, Meditations, and Prayers from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday
Since Lent must be a season of prayer, this prayerbook is absolutely worth having! It is a collection of prayers and devotions specifically curated for the Lenten season. The book is designed to help Catholics live the true meaning of lent. The readings, meditations, and prayers in this book have Lenten themes to them to preserve the penitential spirit of the season. Each week, there is a particular mystery of the Passion of Jesus Christ. And each day is divided into three (3) parts, Scriptural Passage, Meditation, and Prayer fulfilling one’s obligation to pray during lent.
The Imitation of Christ
Included in almost all the “Best Catholic Books” and “Best Catholic Audiobooks” lists, this classic will surely change your spiritual life this season of lent. Following Christ and depending on Him is the focus of this book which is a fitting subject for lent. It talks about being submissive to God’s will, bearing the suffering, and rejoicing when the trial comes. It helps the readers change their perspectives about happiness, drawing them to Christ more than worldly possessions. This book must be on everyone’s shelf not only this lent but on all liturgical seasons.
The outside look is as beautiful as the inside. When it comes, to lenten classics, The Confessions of St. Augustine has been one of the favorites. This book is an autobiography of St. Augustine, Bishop, and Theologian. It is divided into multiple sections, covering the periods of Augustine’s life, from his childhood to his conversion. As there are many publishers and translations of this book, this particular one is high quality with elegantly bound with a bookmark and a foreword by Bishop Barron. You get what you see, a masterpiece!
Lent and Easter with the Church Fathers
Journey through the lent with the Church Fathers. This book offers selections from the writings of the Fathers of the Church. It introduces the spirituality of the early Church through daily devotion. The readings are not only for lent but also go all the way to the Pentecost. It is well-organized and easy to explore including the index and table of contents. The language used is simple with helpful introductions for passages. Take a few minutes each day during Lent to meditate on the ancient wisdom which gives you the truth. Indeed, inspirational!
The Ignatian Workout for Lent: 40 Days of Prayer, Reflection, and Action
If you want to materialize the lessons you are learning during the lenten season, this book is your perfect companion! It goes beyond normal reflection. As its title suggests, it requires you to do an action that is both challenging and practical. It is made up of scriptures and prayers for meditation useful for lent. This book will guide the readers to grow in love and transform their Lenten experience through forty brief exercises which are organized according to the four (4) weeks of prayer from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Excellent read!
The Seven Last Words
Used as reading excerpts on the Hallow App 40 Day Lenten Challenge, this book is a short pamphlet written by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. It contains his insightful look at the Seven (7) Last Words of Jesus Christ. The best thing about this book is its relevance. Although written for years, this poetic writing can still be applied in today’s setup. It is succinct which is ideal to read and ponder on anytime and anywhere. It is an eloquent masterpiece that is meditative, teaching the faithful to be active participants in the redemption of the world. Masterful!
Lent with St. Francis: Daily Reflections
If there is a Saint that personifies the meaning of Lent, St. Francis is probably the perfect figure. Known for his ascetic poverty and charity, St. Francis is an example of what humility is. If you want to emulate him, this book will help you. It offers daily prayers, stories, and devotions written in a simple yet engaging manner drawing the readers to the life of St. Francis and inspiring them to live the gospel in the circumstances of daily life just like him. It is reflective and powerful. A great addition to your reads this lent!
There you have the best Catholic books for lent! These references can help you to journey through this liturgical season encountering Christ in an intimate way. It will not just inspire you but drives you to practice what you are learning. Pray, fast, give alms, and read!
May you have a fruitful Lent!