Thursday, March 31, 2011
The Little Way of Lent
The Little Way of Lent - Meditations in the Spirit of St. Therese of Lisieux by Father Gary Caster is devotional book for Lent that can be used year after year. Each date gives the readings for that day's Mass as well as a meditation, reflection, or devotional (so many words can be used to describe two short pages). There are three different selections for each Sunday depending on the cycle of the church year.
The Little Way of Lent begins with an introduction that discusses St. Therese and her little ways. We are reminded that during Lent we are not to focus on the fear of damnation but rather the mercy of God. We are called to rediscover the true purpose of sacrifice and are reminded of the simplicity of of St. Therese's approach to spirituality.
I have to admit I haven't read as much of this as I had planned. I could give you the excuses but they are just that. Today I picked it back up and was given a message in the devotional about not getting caught up in the insignificant. Even in my lax behavior God is speaking to me.
If you are someone that needs or wants a way to start your day during Lent (or a midday or evening prayer) this book could be your answer. It's compact, easy to understand yet through provoking.
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