Each year Catholics and Christians observe the 40 days before Easter as lent, a time of sacrifice and preparation. Many observe the giving up of something valuable to them. We have a great excuse for you not to give up your iPhone or iPad by collecting these apps that will help, encourage, motivate, and of course inspire you to deeper prayer.
This year I have a few recommendations. The first isn’t an app at all but a site. I have used this in the past and really enjoyed it, I hope that you do to:
Best Lent Ever (Free Email Sign Up for Lent)
ABOUT BEST LENT EVER 2017
We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different.
Sign up for Best Lent Ever, a FREE, video-based email program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly. From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, Matthew will help you identify what stands between you and happiness … and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever?
And now on to a few apps that can boost your lent journey to new heights, and help you get the most out of this preparation for Easter.
Lenten Magnificat Companion 2017 $1.99
This Lenten Companion App designed to help you live all the graces of Lent.
Presented in a day-by-day format, the Lenten Companion App contains:
Liturgy – daily Mass prayers and Scripture readings
Prayer – a cycle of prayers for morning, evening, and night inspired by the Liturgy of the Hours
Meditation – spiritual reflections for each day of Lent
Other unique features include:
Essays – to enlighten , inspire, and deepen your relationship with God
Poetry – capturing the spirit of the season
Penance service – to prepare well for your Lenten confession
Devotional prayers – for various occasions and growing in faith
Chants – for Lent and Easter… listen while you read and pray
This one-of-a-kind application has been developed with the needs of your prayer life in mind. Use it to grow in love and knowledge of Christ and the Church this Lenten season.
Liturgical source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops & ICEL.
Helping you to meditate during Lent season with these meditations by St. Thomas Aquinas.
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
- And many more …
$3.99 – Download it here.
CRS Rice Bowl (Android Version) FREE
It’s time to think outside the bowl with the CRS Rice Bowl app. Bring Lent into your life, online, offline, anytime, anywhere. Tap into a rich spiritual experience and make the 40 days of Lent ones that will change your life — and the world.
Join the conversation this Lent with new, integrated social media features. Receive daily reflections on your device, set and track progress towards a personal Lenten goal, use simple, meatless recipes to prepare and share on Fridays throughout Lent and read and watch stories of hope from people around the world.
• Prayerful reflection for each day of Lent
• Integrated social sharing options
• Customizable tool to set Lenten sacrifice goal and track progress towards its achievement
• Meatless recipes for Fridays during Lent
• Stories and videos of people who benefit from prayers and almsgiving to CRS Rice Bowl
• Available in English and Spanish
CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith-in-action program. Participants pray, fast, and give alms following Jesus’ call to serve the poor and vulnerable. Twenty-five percent of the Lenten alms are directed to programs fighting poverty in the United States and seventy-five percent support CRS’ humanitarian and emergency relief programs in 93 countries overseas.