My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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Feast of St. Basil and 9th Day of Christmas

St Basil the Great
St. Lawrence Lew, OP via Flickr, licensed cc


St. Basil was the born in Caesarea of Cappadocia in 330.  His parents were St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia.  The couple had 10 children, many of whom are honored as saints including St. Macrina, St. Peter of Sebaste, Gregory of Nyssa and Theosebia. 

As a young man, he became friends of St. Gregory of Nazianzen. Basil studied in Caesarea, Constantinople and Athens. He eventually returned to Caesarea to teach and practice law. 





But he was drawn to the monastic life and started a monastery on Pontus where he wrote his famous monastic rule. 

St. Basil was eventually ordained and made Bishop of Caesaria. He earned the title "Great" and was eventually called a Doctor of the Church. 

His two most notable accomplishments include victory of Nicene orthodoxy over Airanism in the Byazntine East and denunciation of Arianism at the Council of Constantinople. Basil was noted to be one of the great orators of Christianity.


Famous St. Basil Quote:

The bread you store up belongs to the hungry; the cloak that lies in your chest belongs to the naked; the gold that you have hidden in the ground belongs to the poor.


“A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” 


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The Holy Spirit
Father Lawrence Lew, OP via Flickr -  licensed cc

Today on this 9th Day of Christmas we reflect on the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit!


  • Charity  
  • joy 
  • peace 
  • patience 
  • kindness 
  • goodness
  • long suffering 
  • mildness 
  • faith 
  • modesty 
  • self-control 
  • chastity.





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