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40 days, 40 ways : a new look at Lent
D'Ambrosio, Marcellino.
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Cincinnati, Ohio : Servant, an imprint of Franciscan Media, [2014]

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xv, 127 pages ; 22 cm
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If you're looking for a new Lenten experience, here are forty fresh ideas. Some will challenge you to deepen your prayer life; others will open your mind to new ways to serve others. Each of the forty ways includes a reflection to help you understand more about Lent and why it matters. You'll learn how to have a more creative experience of Lent. You'll discover positive, proactive ways to take action instead of the same old routine of giving something up. The result will be spiritual transformation and a closer walk with Christ--not only during Lent but throughout the year.

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Author Notes

Marcellino D'Ambrosio is a world-renowned commentator on religious issues. With a Ph.D. in the theology (under Cardinal Avery Dulles), nine years of university teaching, and hundreds of published articles, Marcellino has a wealth of knowledge and know how to make it accessible for a wide variety of audiences. Known as "Dr. Italy," he has a popular website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed and appears weekly on a variety of Catholic TV and radio networks. His books include When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Church Fathers.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Day 1 Receive ashes. Pray for humility dailyp. 1
Day 2 Cut your media consumption to open up time for prayer, service, and personal relationship with others. Use at least some of your drive time to listen to Catholic radio, talks, or audiobooks instead of news, sports, and musicp. 3
Day 3 Make an extensive examination of conscience and plan to get to confession before Easterp. 6
Day 4 Cue back purchases of luxuries and give the saved money to the needyp. 8
First Sunday of Lent: The Temptation of Christp. 10
Day 5 Commit to a daily time of quiet prayer. Don't do all the talking. Listen to Godp. 12
Day 6 Spend the first available ten minutes each day thanking God for everything you are grateful for...before you ask for anything!p. 14
Day 7 Pray at least one psalm per day and explore the Liturgy of the Hoursp. 16
Day 8 Find a form of Lenten fasting appropriate for you, given your age, health, and state of lifep. 19
Day 9 Get to daily Mass. If that's impossible, try to go on Fridays as well as Sundaysp. 21
Day 10 Learn the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Identify one to begin incorporating into your life this Lentp. 23
Second Sunday of Lent: The Transfigurationp. 27
Day 11 Watch Mel Gibson's movie The Passion of the Christ during Lent or Holy week and invite someone to watch it with youp. 29
Day 12 Read a portion of Scripture every dayp. 31
Day 13 Spiritually adopt someone preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation this Easier, praying for him or her throughout Lentp. 33
Day 14 Spend some time each week in Eucharistic Adorationp. 35
Day 15 Make the Confiteor a daily prayer during Lent and recite it in the morning or before bedp. 37
Day 16 Instead of secular videos for weekend entertainment, try some videos that will enrich your spiritual lifep. 39
Third Sunday of Lent: The Cleansing of the Temple and the Ten Commandmentsp. 41
Day 17 Recite the Our Father every day, slowly and thoughtfully. Expand to three times per dayp. 43
Day 18 Forgive those who have offended you or your loved ones. Pray for the person who has been the most hurtful or annoyingp. 45
Day 19 Develop your relationship with St. Joseph. Ask him daily to join with you in praying for all the important fathers, including the spiritual fathers, in your lifep. 47
Day 20 Plan a contemplative retreat this Lentp. 49
Day 21 Get to know the Fathers of the Churchp. 54
Day 22 Invite someone who doesn't regularly attend Mass to come to Church with youp. 56
Fourth Sunday of Lent: Gracep. 58
Day 23 Reach out to the least important, least popular, most ignored person at school, home, or work,p. 60
Day 24 Read or listen to a biography of a saintp. 62
Day 25 Begin or widen the practice of a family rosaryp. 65
Day 26 Make it a daily practice to pray for the Holy Father's intentions, which are truly universal, and also for at least one particular need beyond the frontiers of your native landp. 67
Day 27 Meditate on the Lord's passion every Friday. Make the Stations of the Cross or pray the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary, either alone, or, better yet, with othersp. 71
Day 28 Visit someone lonely in the neighborhood, in the hospital, in a nursing home, or in prisonp. 73
Fifth Sunday of Lent: Lazarusp. 75
Day 29 Commit to malting an examination of conscience each night before bedp. 77
Day 30 Prayerfully consider making a pilgrimagep. 79
Day 31 Before work, chores, or study, make a conscious decision to offer up whatever you are doing in love of God and in loving intercession for some person or special needp. 82
Day 32 Pray regularly for those whose rights and dignity are trampled and for those responsible for their pain. Look for a way to helpp. 84
Day 33 Look for opportunities to volunteer for the lowliest, least desirable jobs, and serve those who are least worthy and least gratefulp. 86
Day 34 Find out what the Sign of the Cross really means, and begin making it less mechanical, more thoughtful, several rimes per dayp. 88
Palm Sundayp. 90
Day 35 Learn the Prayer of Abandonment of Blessed Charles de Foucauld. Surrender your possessions, your future, and your lire to God as you slowly pray it dailyp. 92
Day 36 Give thanks daily for your own cross-the trials and misfortunes in your life-with the confidence that God will turn them to goodp. 95
Day 37 Learn the Prayer of St. Ignatius. Pray it slowly, meaningfully, dailyp. 97
Day 38 Go to Mass on Holy Thursday, then read John 13-17p. 99
Day 39 On Good Friday, open up some time, preferably from noon to 3 P.M., as a media-free time of silence and prayerp. 102
Day 40 Go to the Easter Vigil; if you can't, read the Exsultet and renew your baptismal vowsp. 194
Easter Sundayp. 110
Celebrating the Easter Seasonp. 112
Post-Lenten Postscriptp. 115
Lenten Resourcesp. 116
Appendix: A Mini-Retreat for Good Friday and the Triduump. 120