App developer Valent Richie is helping your lent prayer life with a recently updated Lent app with the meditations by St. Thomas Aquinas. It’s yet another example of a great app that delivers high quality content. There are a few lent specific apps, but this one focuses on mediation and reading.
This Lent app is worth the buy, with each of the mediations linked directly from the main navigation, it provides resources that will go far beyond this one season in the Church. You can get these in book format, but this makes it portable and available where ever you go.
In the simple, non-technical language he used for preaching, St. Thomas shows you how to detach yourself from the things of this world and re-focus on things above, using as models the penitential examples of Our Lord and Our Lady. He also offers detailed practical advice on how to avoid temptation, weed out vices, and cultivate virtues.
We all could use a little of that! This app gives you the opportunity to step into these meditations daily, and it can even remind you to do it. It’s like having St. Thomas tap you on the shoulder everyday during lent (and after).
The lite version of the app provides the mediations for only half of the days.
The full app ($3.99) provides all of the meditations. A mediation for each day.
The visual format of the app follows very similar to the other apps by developer Valent Richie. The main navigations starts you off with the essentials, of course. Really, there is only the one menu (main menu) in the app. At the top of the menu, there is the preparatory prayer, and then following this a quick link to today’s mediation.
After that you can continue from last time, and set up a daily reminder to read and pray. This is helpful, especially, if you are just getting used to praying daily during lent.
Right at the top right there is a small book icon (or you can use the arrows at the bottom of the app) to navigate to the other parts of the mediations. For example the third week in lent, (March 19, 2017) the mediation is called “It is the Passion of Christ That has Freed Us from Sin” has three parts to it, the First, Second, and Third Way.
The cloud at the bottom of the app allows you to share to any app, or social app.
There are meditations for 63 days starting from Septuagesima Sunday until Holy Saturday with the following topics:
- The Work of the Vineyard
- On Doing Good
- The Prayer of Our Lord in the Garden
- Good Works
- The Reward
- The Need for Caution
- On Reforming Ourselves
- The Seed
- The Goodness of God
- The Remembrance of Our Lord’s Passion
- The Need to be Watchful
- Our Watch must be Ceaseless
- The Worship due to God
- How are We to Serve God?
- How We should Serve God on the Lord’s Day
- Our Lord is Scourged
- The Crown of Thorns
- The Grain of Wheat
- It was Fitting that Christ should be Tempted
- Christ had to be Tempted in the Desert
- Christ Underwent every Kind of Suffering
- How Great was the Sorrow of Our Lord in His Passion?
- It was Fitting that Christ should be Crucified with Thieves
- The Feast of the Holy Lance and the Nails of Our Lord
- The Love of God Shown in the Passion of Christ
- God the Father Delivered Christ to His Passion
- It was Fitting that Our Lord should Suffer at the Hand of the Gentiles
- The Passion of Christ Brought about Our Salvation because It was a Meritorious Act
- The Passion of Christ Brought about Our Salvation because It was an Act of Satisfaction
- The Passion of Christ Brought about Our Salvation because It was a Sacrifice
- Feast of the Holy Winding Sheet
- The Passion of Christ Wrought Our Salvation by Redeeming Us
- It is the Passion of Christ That has Freed Us from Sin
- The Passion of Christ has Delivered Us from the Devil
- Christ is Truly Our Redeemer
- The Price of Our Redemption
- The Preaching of the Samaritan Woman
- It is by the Passion of Christ that We have been Freed from the Punishment due to Sin
- The Passion of Christ Reconciles Us to God
- Christ by His Passion Opened to Us the Gates of Heaven
- Christ by His Passion Merited to be Exalted
- The Example of Christ Crucified
- The Divine Friend
- The Death of Lazarus
- The Precious Blood
- There was not Any more Fitting Way to Free the Human Race than through the Passion of Christ
- The Passion of Christ
- The Passion of Christ is Remedy against Sin
- The Burial of Christ
- On Being Buried Spiritually
- Which is the Greatest Sign of His Love Our Lord has Given Us?
- Our Lady’s Suffering in the Passion
- How We, Each of Us, should Wash One Another’s Feet
- Christ’s Passion Serves Us as an Example
- It is Necessary that We be Wholly Clean
- Christ Preparing to Wash the Apostle’s Feet
- Three Things are Symbolised by the Washing of the Feet
- The Last Supper
- The Death of Christ
- Why Our Lord Went Down to Limbo