Categories: Catholic Faith

Books to Read for Lent


Need some reading material for Lent? Check out our list of available books in our Parish Library, located in Camerman Hall!


(Look up the books on the shelves by the call number)

  • BT301.32.B09.2011 – Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem to the Resurrection 

– Pope Benedict XVI

Why was Jesus rejected by the religious leaders of his day? Who was responsible for his death? Did he establish a Church to carry on his work? How did Jesus view his suffering and death? How should we? And, most importantly, did Jesus really rise from the dead and what does his resurrection mean? The story of Jesus raises many crucial questions.

Benedict brings to his study the vast learning of a brilliant scholar, the passionate searching of a great mind, and the deep compassion of a pastor’s heart. In the end, he dares readers to grapple with the meaning of Jesus’ life, teaching, death, and resurrection.


  • BS2555.3.B56.1989 – The Passion and Resurrection Narratives of Jesus-A Commentary – Stephen J. Binz


  • BT456.C09.2009 – The Seven Last Words of Jesus – Romans Cessario OP

Father Cessario writes powerfully and lovingly about each of the seven statements uttered by the Son of God on Calvary s cross and finds in each of them a remarkable expression of the divine order, the theme that underlies his entire composition. The ease with which he cites Scripture, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, and theologians of all eras never ceases to amaze. One immediately senses that we are being taught and inspired by a deeply committed follower of the Lord who loves and reveres all that the Church teaches and earnestly desires to share it with others.
In the name of the thousands who heard Father Cessario on Good Friday 2008 in Saint Patricks Cathedral and the thousands more who will have an opportunity to read and meditate these pages, and in my own name as well, I express my admiration and heartfelt gratitude to this extraordinary theologian and preacher.

-From the Foreword by Edward Cardinal Egan Archbishop of New York


  • BX2040.C43.1994 The Stations of the Cross with St. John Paul II – Fr. Joseph Champlin


  • BX2170.C36.2010 Pausing to Pray Lenten Meditations For Busy People – Sarah M. Chichester

Transform your daily routine into a journey with the Lord from Ash Wednesday through Divine Mercy Sunday. Discover how your time spent at the bus stop, during lunch breaks, and between phone calls can become times of peace and prayer with this portable Lenten booklet. Pausing to Pray features brief excerpts from the Diary of St. Faustina and moving meditations by Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, including Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC; Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC; Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC; and Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC. Each priest has his own voice, but they all speak from the heart. Every meditation is an opportunity and an invitation for you to join him as he speaks simply to the Lord. At the heart of every meditation is trust in the Lord, a trust born of love and repeated each day in the profound statement from the Diary, Jesus, I trust in You!


  • BV85.H466.2003 – The Pilgrimage Way of the Cross – Edward Hays


  • BV85.H46.1994 The Ascent of the Mountain of God (Daily Reflections for the 40-Day Lenten Journey)

– Edward Hays


Ed Hays has created a thought-provoking adventure in these brief but powerful reflections for the 40 days of Lent. Derived from the Cycle C readings of the Sunday Lectionary, this rich collection of parables and stories, prayers and paradoxes turns the challenge of the Lenten ascent into a joyful adventure.



  • BX2170.L4.1999 – A Whirlwind of Ash: Daily Lenten Reflections and Psalm Prayers  Joseph J. Juknialis


  • BT431.3.T4813.2004 – On the Passion of Christ According to the Four Evangelists – Thomas a’Kempis

In his famous spiritual classic, “The Imitation of Christ”, Thomas à Kempis reminds the reader that in order to become a follower of Christ one must imitate his life, and to accomplish this he adds: “Let it then be our main concern to meditate on the life of Jesus Christ. It is impossible to imitate Christ without first knowing him, and the best way of getting to know him is by meditating on his life as it is described in the four Gospels.”

Thus, in this wonderful meditation book, perfect for Lent, or any time of the year, the great spiritual writer and monk presents profound, short reflections on Gospel passages about the passion and death of Christ. Each chapter, focusing on a specific aspect of the Passion of Our Lord, gives a prayer, a meditation and spiritual advice and closes with another short prayer.

Very much in the same style as his “The Imitation of Christ,” this book covers the entire Passion, and makes great spiritual reading for anyone.


– George Mangiaracina, OCD


  • BX2170.L4.M37.2001 – The Fire in the Cloud: Lenten Meditations: Daily Reflections on the Liturgical Texts

– Francis Martin


The Fire in the Cloud was God’s glory that led the people of Israel in their Exodus through the desert. In Lent, which is our Exodus, God’s glory leads us in Scripture, where his Word is the burning flame. Scripture scholar and Bible teacher Father Francis Martin helps us respond to Christ, our Light, with insightful and inspiring meditations on the liturgical readings for every day of Lent.



  • BX2170.L4.1997 – Ashes to Easter: Lenten Meditations – Robert F. Morneau


  • BX2170.L4.E77.2000 – The Essential Lenten Handbook: A Daily Companion – Thomas M. Santa


The Essential Lenten Handbook provides everything readers need for a richer experience of the 40 days before Easter. Whether one wishes to follow a traditional program of Lenten devotions centered around prayer, a modern program that focuses on Scripture readings, a family model that brings loved ones together for a shared spiritual journey, or a unique devotional program, this all-in-one resource is an invaluable reference and the quintessential compact guidebook to all of the basic Lenten practices of Catholicism.



  • BT456.S44 2000 – The Cross and the Beatitudes: Lessons on Love and Forgiveness

– Fulton J. Sheen


This classic work from the pen of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen brings together Christ’s Sermon on the Mount with his Seven Last Words. From the Mount of the Beatitudes to the Hill of Calvary, Our Lord’s public ministry and statements centered on the themes of love and forgiveness, which are explored here with Archbishop Sheen’s characteristic insight and passion.



  • BX2161.5.S6V3.1998 – At the Foot of the Cross: The Seven Lessons of Mary for the Sorrowing Heart 

– Gerald Vann, OP