Your 2016 Handy-Dandy List of Lenten Resources

to do list handLent comes early this year. February 10th is Ash Wednesday! That’s just three weeks away, folks. So instead of waiting until the last minute and grasping at your old standbys (giving up chocolate or God forbid, coffee), why not plan ahead using our convenient list of resources below? Make this your most spiritually fruitful Lent ever!

Reprinted with permission from CatholicSistas.com.


Praying Lent: Daily prayers, online and audio retreats, articles, recipes (Creighton University)

CRS Rice Bowl App: Daily Reflections, tool for tracking goals and progress, and recipes

Video: Ash Wednesday and Lent in 2 minutes (Busted Halo)

Pinterest: Lent pins by Catholic Sistas

Lenten Workshop by Catholic Culture

Online Lenten Retreat (Ignatian) by Loyola Press



Your Handy-Dandy List to Lenten Sacrifices (2014) by Catholic Sistas)

101 Creative Ideas for Lent by One Catholic Life

Outside the Box: 66 Things to Give Up or Take Up for Lent by Catholic All Year

40 Days, 40 (Different) Sacrifices by Rethink Lent

5 Creative Fasting Ideas via Patheos



2016 Lent Companion for Teens by LifeTeen

40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent by Marcellino D’Ambrosio

Lenten Journal by Sister John Dominic Rasmussen, O.P. and the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

The Magnificat Lenten Companion is always a popular resource.

Lenten Grace: Daily Gospel Reflections from Pauline Books & Media

The Living Gospel: Daily Devotions for Lent 2016 from Ave Maria Press

Bringing Lent Home … Books by Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle. There appear to be three of these … with St. John Paul II, … with St. Therese of Lisieux, and … with Mother Teresa. These are also from Ave Maria Press. (Link is for one of the books, other two are listed on the right side of the page.)

Welcome Risen Jesus: Lent and Easter Reflections for Families by Sarah Reinhard



DGEMS–Daily Gospel eMessages

Lentsanity–articles, reflections, the “Meat Police,” and more

MeaCulpa and Confession–for making a good confession

Laudate–daily readings, rosary podcasts, Catholic media articles



“Best Lent Ever”–Matthew Kelly’s site, Dynamic Catholic, will send you emails and short video clips each day of Lent.

Relevant Radio–Daily prayers, podcasts, a Stations of the Cross, and more. While there, download the free app to listen to the station wherever you are.



Resurrection Eggs

Resurrection Cookies (night before Easter)

Lenten Activities for Children by Catholic Mom.com

Walking Through Lent with Small Children by Two Os + more

40 Simple Lenten Activities for Kids by Call Her Happy

40 Ways for 40 Days and Stations of the Cross Carousel with New Kelly Saints Craft Kit both by Equipping Catholic Families

7 DIY Lenten Crafts & Books by Campfires and Cleats

Stations of the Cross Box for Kids by A Knotted Life

Intentional Lent by Better Than Eden

7 Ways to Make This the Best Lent Ever by One Catholic Mama

Christmas is Over, Feast Days and Lots of Lent Posts by A Slice of Smith Life

Ways to Observe Lent at Home: Stational Churches and Lent “Wreath” by Living with Lady Philosophy

HDYDI: Make Lent 40 Days of Awesome by Team Whitaker

Lenten Family Night Ideas by Christian Family Movement



Lenten Meal Planning by Orthodox Mom blog

25 Meatless Meals for Lent by A Blog for My Mom

Foods.Meals.Meatless on the Catholic Sistas Pinterest Board

Meatless Meals from Around the World by the CRS Rice Bowl Project

Meatless Lent Recipes by Food & Wine

12 Meatless Lent Meal Ideas by Dr. Taylor Marshall


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 God’s blessings, as we prepare our souls for a blessed and joyful Easter!

Misty converted to Catholicism from atheism 13 years ago, just a week after becoming a mother to her first child. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, she worked full-time as a magazine writer and editor. She has been married to her best friend for nearly 20 years and looks forward to many more decades by his side. Her days are now spent cooking, doing laundry, freelance writing, and homeschooling her five children. After spending so much of her life in spiritual darkness, she revels in the joy of being Catholic. Without a doubt, the Lord’s greatest gift to her has been saving her from a life without Him.
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